Illustrative image (Photo: https://laotiantimes.com/) Vientiane (VNA) - The government of Laos has instructed the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to coordinate with localities nationwide to prepare for the reopening of its tourism under “new normal” conditions.Addressing a July regular meeting of the government on July 26-27, Prime Minister Phankham...Read more
The government of Laos has agreed to re-open border checkpoints with Thailand imminently, according to Thai government spokesman, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana. The decision follows a courtesy call between the Lao ambassador to Thailand, Seng Soukhathivong, and PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. During the call, the Thai PM said a plan by Lao PM...Read more
The first passenger train to run on the Laos-China railway arrives in Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday. VIENTIANE TIMES The Laos-China railway could be a game changer for the development of Laos but the government must have a clear plan on how to maximise the advantages offered by the $5.9...Read more
Currently, people wanting to travel from Vientiane face long queues to buy tickets at the station. The station is outside the city centre and there are no toilets in the waiting area. The difficulty involved in buying tickets has seen numerous people take advantage by setting themselves up as agents,...Read more
Starting next month, bus travel enthusiasts in Thailand will have 10 bus route options options in Laos. One of the Thailand-Laos bus routes began earlier this month, from Mukdahan to Savannakhet. Now, the president of Transport Co Ltd, Sanyalux Panwattanalikit, has listed 9 new Thailand-Laos routes starting June 15. The...Read more
Laos' agriculture sector is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 2.5 per cent and will represent 15.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, according to a decree signed by the prime minister. PASAXON The Lao government has set an annual economic growth target of...Read more
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/Asia News Network): The government plans to attract 900,000 foreign visitors this year which is expected to generate more than US$218 million, according to a Statistical Report on Tourism. The outlook for the tourism industry is positive following the reopening of the country to international tourists on May...Read more
AdvertisementRecent years have witnessed much concern about the expanding scale of China’s influence within Laos. Almost half of Laos’ total public debt is now held by China. The Chinese state-owned company China Southern Power Grid now holds a controlling stake in Laos’ national power grid, and in December this year,...Read more
AdvertisementLaos has announced plans to partially reopen its borders to foreign visitors on January 1, despite the rising fears that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will set off fresh waves of infection across the Asia-Pacific. Laos has been more or less closed to foreign tourists for more than 18 months,...Read more
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