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What happened to the Lao Food Facebook page?

By now, you probably noticed that the Lao Food Facebook page ( ) has been missing since monday night, April 14th. What is going on? Did we quit the Lao Food page while it was a great success, growing over 1,000 likes a day, totalling to 220K page likes as of April 14th? Cold …

Ice train in Germany
Things Lao

Train English to Lao Translation

When I was in an elementary school in Vientiane, Laos, I wanted to study English. There was no private school to offer English course at that time. Those well to do like my neighbors had a private English tutor for their children. For me, I attended a night course at Nongbone temple for a modest …

lighting candles
Things Lao

Condolence message for the Lao Airlines crash victims

As we await the full details of the crash of Lao Airlines Flight QV 301, which crashed in Pakse, Laos yesterday afternoon, my thoughts are with the bereaved families involved in this tragedy. I am shattered by the news of this monumental and unfortunate tragedy, especially as the flight also had a family member along …

Pakse Airport
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Lao Airlines crashed in Pakse, Laos

A tragic big news out of Laos on top of the recent flooding in southern, Laos. A few hours ago, there was a report of the Lao Airlines plane crashed in Pakse, Laos on Facebook and then later by the world media.

Grilled Sticky Rice
Things Lao

Boun Khao Chi

Alms Offering at Wattay Yai Temple in Vientiane, Laos for Boun Khao Chi (Boun Makha Busa) or Lunar Festival. This is a festival celebrating the teaching of the Buddha and held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar at the temple across the country. In the morning, the laypeople make a special bread …

Chao Fa Ngum Statue
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Almsgiving at Chao Fa Ngum Park

My aunt and cousins were among the many devotees gathered at the statue of Chao Fa Ngum in Vientiane, Laos this morning to give alms and take part in a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the statue’s installation.

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Sai Baht at Boun That Luang

Today is the final day of That Luang Festival. Thousands of the Buddhist faithfuls gathered around Pha That Luang to give alms to the Buddhist Monks and to make merit for themselves and their loved ones.

Wax Castle Parade
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Boun That Luang Wax Castle Parade

Today is the annual Haire Pasad Pheung or Wax Castle Parade at Boun That Luang (That Luang Festival) in Vientiane, Laos. The weather is quite warm but that didn’t stop thousands of people from across the country to take part in the religious tradition. Many volunteers were there to pass out drinks to the festival …

Wattay Temple
Lao Food Things Lao

End of Buddhist Lent at Wattay

Boun Ork Phansa or End of Buddhist Lent celebration at Wattay Yai Temple in Vientiane, Laos. In the morning, my two aunts and my three cousins went to the temple to make Alms Offering to the Buddhist Monks. It was quite busy with so many people living around the temple area taking the time to …

Ban Ling San Boat Race
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Ban Ling San Boat Racing Festival

My uncle has a passion for Boun Suang Heua (Boat Racing Festival). He would travel around the country whenever he could to attend Boat Racing Festival in various provinces of Laos. With work and family he can’t attend all of the races but would make sure he could go to Ban Ling San Boat Racing …

Leisure Hobby Things Lao

Jumping frogs

Live frogs at Luang Prabang Morning Market. I can’t remember what frogs taste like, maybe like chicken? The last time I ever eaten frogs was when I was a little kid living in Vientiane, Laos. I can recall my parents made frog stew and Pon Kop, which is like Pon Pa except for using Kop …

Songkran in Laos
Things Lao

Pre-Boun Pi Mai Lao

My relatives in Luang Prabang were telling me about how the kids in the neighborhood were getting excited about celebrating Boun Pi Mai Lao. Many school children were throwing or splashing water during lunch break and right after school as early as a week ahead of the Lao New Year dates.

Thidalad Vongsili
Entertainment Things Lao

Miss Laos 2011

Live broadcast of Miss Laos 2011 Beauty Pageant on Lao Star Channel. I sat through the entire program and ate a bowl of Pho for lunch a few minutes before the show started. My cousins were there at Don Chan Palace for the live viewing experience.

Entertainment Things Lao

Miss Laos 2011 Finalist Contestants

The commercial for Miss Laos 2011 Finalist Contestants broadcast on Lao Star Channel. The video introduces the 20 finalists from various provinces of Laos. The girls are dressed in beautiful Lao traditional clothing sponsored by major Lao silk shops in the capital of Laos.

Lao Food Things Lao

Laap Tuna

I am fortunate enough to have access to fresh fish, well as fresh according to how long it takes to get here. The fish store I go to gets the supply every other day and I find their fish and seafood to be fresh enough. What to do with a piece of tuna filet? I …