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Laos to sign MoU with local, Chinese firms to build expressway to south

The Lao government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with four construction companies from Laos and China to carry out a survey, feasibility study and detailed design of the Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway. According to Vientiane Times online newspaper on Sunday, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport will sign the MOU on behalf of the Lao government, the coordinator of the expressway project Bounyavath Nilaxay told local media on Friday.



Mainland Chinese tourists in the Golden Bauhinia Square, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Picture: AFP

From T-shirts declaring disputed territories to brawls in luxury boutiques , the antics of Chinese tourists overseas have generated many a headline recently. However, those who have made viral news are but a small percentage of the millions who now travel overseas .



North Texas Becomes America's Top Destination for Laotian Food

Dallas' next culinary revolution began in a quiet specialty grocery store in Irving, a small shop where boxes of imported foods line the metal shelving all the way up to the ceiling. Here, in 2004, a woman named Boonmie Phennara fired up a Bunsen burner to make dinner for visiting friends.



Laos holds Chinese language contest for college students

Laos on Friday held the final round of its 13th "Chinese Bridge" contest, an annual Chinese proficiency competition for non-Chinese college students. The contest, held at the National University of Laos , was hosted by the Chinese embassy in Laos with the topic of "We are the world."



Deal struck for airport feeder systems

The Department of Airports and Transport Co, Ltd Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to establish provincial feeder systems for passengers using all 28 of the department's airports. The MoU, effective from now until 2021 with the option for extension, was signed to establish better links between road and air transport systems, Transport Co, Ltd chief Jirasak Yaovatsakul said.



China-Laos tourism promotion event launched in Laos

The 2018 China-Laos Tourism Cooperation Forum and the Beautiful China Tourism Promotion Conference was held in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday. When addressing the forum, Bosengkham Vongdara, the Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, said that with the developing of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Laos and China, the transportation routes connecting the two countries are increasingly convenient.



RPT-Myanmar's Yoma to debut in baht

Yoma Strategic Holdings is poised to become the first company from Myanmar to sell bonds with a baht-denominated offering that underlines Thailand's appeal as a regional funding hub. "Yoma will be the first Myanmar entity to tap the Thai bond market, and they will come before the sovereign, which is nowhere ready to tap yet," said a Thai government official.



China, Laos to intensify efforts to crack down cross-border crimes

The public security ministries of China and Laos have decided to intensify efforts to crack down cross-border crimes and strengthen cooperation on law enforcement. The consensuses were reached after the first-ever ministerial meeting on law enforcement cooperation between the two countries was held on Sunday in Lao capital Vientiane, according to a statement by the Chinese public security ministry released here on Monday.



Lao journalists are urged to inspire readers

When news is reported, readers should be attracted to the story and immediately want to read it. While news reports in Laos today are quite good, they are often not sufficiently accurate and are lacking in detail.



China-Laos economic, trade cooperation committee holds 9th meeting

The ninth meeting of the China-Laos economic and trade cooperation committee was held on Friday in Lao capital Vientiane. The meeting reviewed the all-around performance of the bilateral cooperation in economic and trade sector, and put forward the requirements to further carry out the bilateral economic and trade cooperation projects.



'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary

LUANG PRABANG, Laos: Munching on bamboo and lazing under a fan spraying cooling mist, "Jackie Chan" is in a relaxed mood, one of three red pandas once destined for the exotic wildlife trade but now instead settling into a new home in a leafy Laos sanctuary. The three animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January.



Luang Prabang, Laos: A one-minute tour

Long gone are the days when this former Laos capital was a travel secret -- today there's a wide variety of accommodations on offer ranging from budget to luxury. But laid-back Luang Prabang has still managed to retain its many charms.



Lao president to visit Singapore to enhance cooperation

Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith will pay a state visit to Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday, with the aim of furthering friendly relations and cooperation between Laos and Singapore, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday. According to an announcement from Lao's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the two-day visit, President Bounnhang will meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and visit the urban development office.



Unshackling gentle giants

After trading our sneakers for knee-length boots, we trotted down to the riverbank where a boat was waiting for us. It was a short crossing to the other side of Nam Khan River to meet the elephants that happily approached us for bananas and sugar cane.



Feature: Chinese youths doing handsome work on China-Laos railway

In the central Laos' scorching sunshine in May, 35-year-old Xu Zhou was busy mapping design and inspecting the process of construction in the sixth section of the China-Laos railway construction project. Xu Zhou was just awarded as one of the ten "Most Handsome Workers" ahead of this year's International Labor Day, selected nationwide by the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and All-China Federation of Trade Unions.



Here's what you need to know about Laotian food and where to get it in London

What is Laotian food? Here's what you need to know about the main ingredients and typical dishes from Lao cuisine The key difference is that Lao cuisine uses a lot of herbs and vegetables and all the dishes are cooked and served immediately. There are no slow cooked dishes or overnight marinades.



Laos needs to prepare for LDC graduation: economists

Lao economists have called on the government to pay more attention to preparations for the country's expected graduation from the least developed country status, to ensure sustainable development. If Laos leaves the LDC grouping as anticipated, possibly in 2024, it will result in a reduction of Official Development Assistance and assistance under the Generalized Scheme of Preference granted to exporters by many developed nations, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Thursday.



Laos raises minimum monthly wage to over 130 USD

All businesses and factories in Laos are required to increase the minimum wage from 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month starting May 1, 2018. The Lao government has approved workers' monthly minimum wage of 1.1 million kip, an increase of 11 percent from 900,000 kip, according to the announcement of Prime Minister's Office No.



Luang Prabang - a pachyderm paradise

MandaLao co-founder Michael Vogler, beams alongside an elephant, mahout Wee, and Somsak Soonthornnawaphat from the World Animal Protection group.