Friday, December 2, 2016

As Laos' First Female Filmmaker, Mattie Do Shows What's 'Behind the Doors'

By:  Audrey Cleo Yap, NBC News (USA), November 18, 2016

Mattie Do never intended on becoming Laos's first female filmmaker.

In 2010, the former cosmetologist and ballet school director moved to the country's capital of Vientiane to care for her widower father. Her screenwriter husband, Christopher Larsen, wanted to get involved in the local film scene and asked Do to mediate cultural and language barriers at a meeting with the heads of Lao Art Media, one of few production companies in the country at the time.

Xayaboury girl wins Miss Laos 2016 pageant competition

Orginal Article Title:  Xayaboury girl takes out Miss Laos 2016
By:  Visith Teppalath, Vientiane Times, October 10, 2016

Ms Boutsaba Saengpan (centre) is flanked by other finalists after winning the contest.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

That Luang Festival 2016 - As Seen From the Sky

This year's That Luang Festival marked the 450th anniversary of the That Luang itself.  Here's a video taken from an aerial drone where you can watch the crowds come in, the procession and the markets.

Video Credit:  MTS Lao, November 13, 2016.

WIG Bazaar 2016

Another wonderful and successful WIG Bazaar 2016. The event seems to grow each year. It was held on November 19 2016 at the Faculty of Engineering in Vientiane.

Video Credit: MyVientiane via WIGLaos on Facebook.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cambodia supports Don Sahong dam in Laos

By: May Titthara, Khmer Times, November 28, 2016

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meets Lao National Assembly president Pany Yathotou in Phnom Penh on Saturday.  Photo Credit:  Khmer Times.

Cambodia will support the Don Sahong hydroelectric dam planned to be built in southern Laos less than two kilometers from the Cambodian border, while civil society groups continue to appeal to regional authorities to halt construction on environmental grounds.

This company is turning Laos’ unexploded bombs into jewelry

Video Credit: By: PBS NewsHour, November 25, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lao Institute of Traditional Medicine - a review of all activities to inventory medicinal plants of Laos

Title:  Inventory of medicinal plants of the Lao People's Democratic Republic: A mini review
By:  Kongmany Sydara, Mouachanh Xayvue, Onevilay Souliya, Bethany G. Elkington, and Djaja D. Soejarto
Organizations:  Institute of Traditional Medicine (Laos), University of Illonois (USA), Field Museum (USA)
Publisher/Year:  Journal of Medicinal Plant Research, vol. 8(43), November 17 2014

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Above the Clouds

Check out Wanderlust Laos's video as they sit at the top of a mountain above the incoming clouds in Luangprabang.

Video Credit: Wanderlust Laos

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Popular Lao Love Song at the Moment: ແທງ (teng)

A popular Lao love song ເພງ at the moment is Teng ແທງ by Ty Agat ຕ່າຍ ອາກາດ. 

Video Credit:  Indee Records ອິນດີ້ ເລັກຄອດ

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lao tea industry brewing up more markets

By: Vientiane Times, September 10, 2016

The Lao tea industry has the potential to expand production in the country’s mountainous regions especially for quality organic tea, as there was growing overseas demand, according to an industry expert.

A tea entrepreneur from northern Laos, Bounchan, also commented that Laos has wild tea trees aged 400 to more than 1,000 years old, whose leaves fetch high prices on international markets.