A special economic zone (SEZ) in southern Laos that is being driven by foreign investment is becoming the new symbol of Southeast Asia’s industrial development. The Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet has drawn nearly 60 companies, including Toyota Boshoku, a supplier to the Japanese carmaker, and Aderans, one of the largest wig makers in […]
Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north. Thailand promotes itself as amazing, Vietnam can […]
Unitel Lao SIM card with 20,000 Kip (approx. US$2.50) call credit and 12 minutes FREE overseas call plus 50 MB data allowance. The Unitel Laos SIM card is dual-cut which means that it can be used in cell phones and smartphones that use either standard sized sim cards or micro-sized simcards. You can access the […]
Joining a truly fascinating 18-point tour is the only way to see Vieng Xai’s seven most important war-shelter cave complexes, along with several 1970s postwar buildings associated with major liberation heroes. All are set in beautiful yet very natural gardens and backed by fabulous karst scenery.
Luang Prabang’s best-known and most visited monastery is centred on a 1560 sǐm that’s considered a classic of local design. Its roofs sweep low to the ground and there’s an idiosyncratic ‘tree of life’ mosaic set on its west exterior wall. Inside, gold stencil work includes dharma wheels on the ceiling and exploits from the […]
Perfectly framed by an avenue of tall Palmyra palms, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904, blending traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles. It was the main residence of King Sisavang Vong (r 1905–59) whose statue stands outside. Exhibits are well labelled in English. Note that you must be ‘appropriately dressed’ to enter, which […]
The Internet in Laos was first introduced in 1997. The introduction of mobile broadband has significantly increased the use of the Internet in Laos since 2008. In 2008 two operators, Lao Telecom and Unitel, were granted 3G licenses. Another two licenses were issued to ETL and Beeline in 2011.