City Bus Vientiane

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City Bus – Route Map

New Japan donated buses used for Lao ITECC – Talat Sao line

Bus Routes and Timetables

There are a handful of bus routes in Vientiane city, all city buses depart from the Central Bus Station (CBS) and pass through a few places as listed. There is a route map that you can download in PDF too (scroll down)

Check vientianebus.org.la for bus timetables and fares.

Dongdok (National University of Laos)

  • Bus #29: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Patuxay → Phonkeng → Phonpanao → Army History Museum → Kaysone Museum → Southern bus station →and Lao National University (Dongdok).
  • Bus #31: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Chao Anouvong national stadium → Thongkhankham market → Phonthong → Mittapab hospital → Ban Sivilay → and Lao National University (Dongdok)
  • Bus #33: This line has been discontinued.
  • Nansuang
    • Bus #05: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Nansuang.

    Thongphong

    • Bus #30: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Thongphong.

    Nong Teng

    • Bus #49: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Nong Teng Rd. → Ban Nong Teng

    Pialath

    • Bus #06: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Mekong Breeze Hotel → Nong Da temple → Pialath.

    *The buses do not go into the airport but it’s only 5 minutes walk from the main road.

    Donpamai

    • Bus #32: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Dongpaina Rd. → Lao-Thai Rd. → 103 Hospital → South Korea Embassy → Myanmar Embassy → Sweden Embassy → Sangvuy Temple (end of route here).

    Lao-ITECC-Talat Sao Mall1 

    • Lao ITECC→ ASEAN Mall→ BCEL Bank Branch → That Luang Square Mall →That Luang Tai Temple →  That Luang Esplanade → Nongbone Temple → Indochina Bank→ Ministry of Finance→ Malaysia Embassy→ Patuxai → Ministry of Energy and Mines → Ministry of Public Security →Talat Sao Mall 1. See route map for more details.

    This line was previously run by electric vehicles. From November 27 onward, they will be permanently replaced by Kyoto Buses.

Thangon

  • Bus #23: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Lane Xang Avenue → Patuxax → Army History Museum → Kaysone Museum → Southern bus station → Thangon.

Thadeua via Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge

  • Bus #14: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Thadeua road → KM3 → Sounmon → Jinaimo → KM8 → Lao-Thai Frienship Bridge → Thanaleng → Thadeua → and Buddha Park (locally known as Xiengkhuan).

Northern Bus Station

  • Bus #08: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Nong Duang temple → Ban Dongnasok → Sithong Rd. → Northern Bus Station.

Dong Kham Xang

  • Bus #20: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Thatfoun temple → Phonexay temple → That Luang → Huakhua market → Ban Non Koh → Ban Non Vai, → Muangnoi market → Ban Xiengda → Dong Kham Xang Market.

Regular city Map. PDF file

Lao ITECC bus route

Lao ITECC Bus lines rout map

Student Bus Pass (SBP)

What is Student Bus Pass (SBP)?

SBP is a card for students to use for bus rides instead of paying cash everytime. They just need to pay up front once when they register and they can use it for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.

As the name implies, the card is for students only. It is designed to help them to save money on thier transportation cost as well as to make their bus trips convenient.

SBP card can be used with all bus routes that operated by Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VCSBE). It can be used as often and as many times as needed until the card expires.

Card Options

There are four(4) options to chose from:

  • 1 Month – Paper Based Card, cost 100,000kip
  • 3 Months – Paper Based Card, cost 200,000kip
  • 6 Months – ICT Card (Contactless), cost 300,000kip
  • 12 Months – ICT Card (Contactless), cost 500,000kip

How to apply for the card

You can apply for the card at the Central Bus Station Office (Morning market bus station)

You need to bring the following items at the time of application

  1. Your student ID card
  2. Two(2) photos (photo size: 40 x 30mm)
  3. Cash (amount 100,000 – 500,000kip depends on which option you chose)

Note:

You need to present your SBP everytime you get on the bus. Only buses that operated by Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VCSBE) accept the SBP card.

Your SBP card can only be used by yourself, it CANNOT be lent or sold.

If your SBP card is lost or stolen, you need to inform VCSBE. They can re-issue the SBP card for you with a small service fee. No refund or exchange can be provided.

More information:

For information regarding bus timetables, bus routs, bus stops, fares or Student Bus Pass (SBP) check out the website www.vientianebus.org.la

Contact numbers (during business hours from 8:00am to 8:00pm):

021 216507, 020 9949 7131, 020 5582 1115, 020 5567 5122

Bus Location System

Now you can get the Bus Location System via your smartphone.

With the Bus Location System, you can see bus position in real time that makes it easy for your bus catching venture. You don’t have to get out of your house to wait for the bus long before it arrives. Just get out when you see the bus moving closer to your bus catching point.

The bus routes are color coded so it’s easy to identify. Just click/touch the line that represents the route and information such as destination and fares will pop up.

You can also select a destination from drop-down list to see the position of that particular route. You can switch between Lao and English.

Get it here: https://lao.busnavi.asia 

App for smart phone is also available, check it out in Play Store or  App Store

Enjoy your Vientiane City Bus venture, and happy traveling.

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Grant aid Government of Japan

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The government of Japan will provide grant aid amounting to 1.4 billion Japanese yen (over US$12 million) to implement the project for improving the lower secondary school environment in the central and southern provinces.The signing ceremony for the exchange of notes for grant aid for the project took place yesterday in Vientiane. 

The notes were signed and exchanged by Ambassador of Japan to Laos Mr Takeshi Hikihara and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.

Under the new grant aid, the project will expand and rebuild some 37 secondary schools in four central and southern provinces, and provide furnishings such as desks and chalkboards. 

http://vientianetimes.org.la

Times Reporters

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Laos, Japan to revise air service agreement

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business March 20, 2017 01:00

By  VIENTIANE TIMES
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
VIENTIANE

A DELEGATION from Japan will meet with Lao government officials in Vientiane this week to negotiate improvements to the air service agreement signed by the two parties last year.

Lao Airlines has long-term plans to start a direct flight to Japan but this is unlikely to happen in the near future because the airline is still in the process of improving services, an official with the Civil Aviation Department, Viengxay Singkham, said recently.

In the meantime, Japanese authorities are studying the feasibility of a Laos-Japan route, he said.

The department official was unable to say when such a flight might become operational. At present, people in Laos wanting to travel to Japan for work or leisure have to transit through Bangkok or Hanoi, from where it takes about five hours to reach Japan.

This is in addition to the one hour or more that it takes to fly to Thailand and Vietnam.

The governments of Laos and Japan signed an air service agreement in January last year, which was regarded as a landmark in civil aviation cooperation between the two countries, the Civil Aviation Department said.

 The agreement was seen as fundamental to civil aviation cooperation, particularly the opening of direct flights between the two countries to facilitate the air transport of people and goods and to promote tourism, trade and investment in Laos and Japan.

Japan is the 27th country to have signed an air service agreement with Laos.

The number of Japanese visitors to Laos currently stands at about 30,000 people a year, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while only about 4,000 Lao people travel to Japan each year.

In 2014, Japan began issuing multiple-entry visas valid for up to three years to Lao nationals in an effort to improve business links and tourism between the two countries.

In addition to Lao Airlines, other foreign airlines fly in and out of Laos, including AirAsia, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Jin Air and Silk Air. 

 

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Tokyo to link aviation agreements with Cambodia, Laos

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anuary 4, 2015 7:00 am JST

Direct flights on the horizon

Tokyo to link aviation agreements with Cambodia, Laos

The Japanese government hopes the agreements will increase visitor traffic from the two countries as well as promote investment and trade.

TOKYO — The Japanese government is expected to execute bilateral civil air transportation agreements with Cambodia and Laos later this month. Tokyo hopes the agreements will increase visitor traffic from the two countries as well as promote investment and trade.

     The agreements will allow airline operators to set up direct flights between Japan and Laos and between Japan and Cambodia. Once the agreements are finalized, carriers in Japan will be able to operate direct flights to all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

      Only around 4,000 tourists visit Japan annually from each of the two countries, but the numbers are increasing. Tokyo began issuing multiple-entry visas, good for a period of up to three years, to citizens of Cambodia and Laos last November, hoping to capitalize on the two nations’ growth potential, seen as the highest among ASEAN members.

     Cambodia and Laos have also been receiving global attention as potential alternative manufacturing bases in Asia should production activities in Thailand, one of biggest manufacturers in the region in the past few years, run into difficulty. The introduction of direct flights to the two countries is expected to further encourage Japanese businesses to set up operations there.

     Currently, roughly 170 Japanese companies have offices or bases in Cambodia, up from about 40 in 2009. Laos, meanwhile, is home to around 120 Japanese businesses, double the number from two years ago.

     The agreements need to be approved at a regular session of Japan’s Diet in January before taking effect. Kazuyuki Nakane, parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, will visit the two countries and sign the agreement in mid-January.

Source: http://asia.nikkei.com/

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Japan Supports UXO Clearance Efforts in Laos

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August 17, 2016

The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance worth US$570,662 for Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance in Xieng Khuang, one of most UXO contaminated provinces in Laos.

The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy on Aug 15 between Japanese ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara, and President of the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) Ryuichiro Arakawa.  The signing event was witnessed by Embassy officials and JMAS staff concerned.

JMAS is a Japanese non-profit organization that has been actively engaged in UXO clearance activities in the Lao PDR since 2005.

The project aims to contribute to securing a safety living environment and rural development in Xieng Khuang by accelerating UXO clearance with Cluster Submunition Clearance Machines (CSCM).

The objective of the project is also to accelerate UXO clearance by establishing Standard Operating Procedures of CSCM.

In developing the Standard Operating Procedures, selection of clearance areas, effective operation procedures, and safety management are main topics for consideration in order to maximize the clearance capacity of CSCM.

It is hoped that this project will help UXO Laos to accelerate UXO-clearance operations in the Lao PDR in the medium and long-term.

JMAS implemented many UXO projects in Xieng Khuang from 2005-2009, in Saravan in 2011, Attapeu and Champassak from 2011-2013, and in Vientiane Capital in 2014-2015.

Japan, fully aware of the importance of UXO issues, prioritizes this issue in its ODA policy towards the Lao PDR.

Japan has placed particular emphasis on UXO-clearance operations through funding, technical assistance, capacity building, and by providing necessary equipment such as detectors and bush-cutters.

Japan has also supported UXO-related risk education and the medical treatment of UXO victims.

Source: KPL

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Prime Minister Urges End of Tedious Policies to Improve Business Climate in Laos

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April 2, 2017

Prime Minister Thongloun has advised line ministries to eliminate futile procedures in an effort to improve the business environment in Laos.

When addressing the 10th Lao Business Forum in Vientiane earlier in the week, the Prime Minister stated that the government is attempting to develop a suitable business environment that will simplify unnecessary procedures that are a hindrance to domestic and foreign business operations.

He pointed out that Laos has been grappling with needless challenges and obstacles, suggesting to foreign investors that the country is an unsuitable business climate thus deterring potential foreign investors. He added, “for instance, the complicated and slow procedures involved in imports and exports has been a long-time issue, so the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should take action to deal with the problem,”

PM Thongaloun made it clear to the relevant officials that if a solution could not be found for an issue, both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are prepared to be relied upon as a resource and inclined to give advice on the dilemma.

“By doing so, we will be able to maintain a stable macroeconomic environment as well as promote the establishment and expansion of new and existing businesses,” he said.

Mr Oudet Souvannavong, President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that the Lao Business Forum played a crucial part in developing the country’s business environment and that this was a platform for dialogue.

“Previously, four issues were raised by the private sector, while 14 issues are in the process of being resolved and another 13 issues still require more time to address,” he said.

Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ms Khemmani Pholsena,explained that development of the legal and regulatory environment was essential for the growth of private enterprise.

She mentioned that despite past efforts made, businesses still face a multitude of challenges associated with the unproductive laws and regulations that are reinforced across the nation. However, insight from past interventions and exploration should encourage more effective approaches in the upcoming years.

Representatives from various Private Sector Working Groups reported on issues and recommended a course of action to rectify those issues, to the line ministries during the course of the meeting,

Among the issues raised, were business taxes, particularly value-added tax (VAT) refunds, the excise tax charged for internet services, high logistics and transport costs, and inconvenient import-export procedures.

The tedious and outdated procedures required to start a business, including enterprise registration and licensing, limited access to affordable finance by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and the lack of information regarding the labour market were also topics up for discussion.

Prime Minister Thongloun concluded the half-day forum by encouraging the private sector to genuinely share and discuss all unresolved issues so that they can be resolved, especially since he believes that the government should be eager in assisting them because it will contribute to the socio-economic development of Laos.

Source: The Laotiane times

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Japan to Help Transform Laos

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September 10, 2016

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VIENTIANE – Japan and Laos have agreed on a joint plan to spur development in the landlocked Southeast Asian country during a meeting between their leaders.

At their meeting held on the sidelines of the Asean summits here this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Lao counterpart, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, affirmed Japan’s commitment to work with Laos to build links with neighbouring countries, diversify the Lao economy and bridge urban-rural gaps, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Under the plan, aimed at lifting Laos out of the United Nations’ category of least developed countries by 2020, Japan will cooperate with Laos in building road and bridge infrastructure, developing public transport for the capital, Vientiane, and continuing joint work on developing its international airport.

The plan also provides for enhancing education and job training, promoting public-private dialogue and funding small and medium-sized enterprises, among other things.

A Japanese official who briefed reporters said Mr Sisoulith told Mr Abe that Laos is carrying out legal reform to encourage more Japanese companies to invest directly in Laos, saying Japanese investment will in turn invite investment from other countries, Kyodo said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Japan committed itself to providing a non- project grant of about 500 million yen (S$6.6 million) for activities to be implemented this year, according to Vientiane Times.

Japan tops the list of foreign countries providing Official Development Assistance to Laos, offering about US$100 million (S$134.7 million) annually, the report added.

Japan is vying with China, which has also committed itself to a large number of investments in Laos, for influence not just in the region but also in Africa, said Kyodo.

Source: Straits Times

 

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LAO, JAPAN BUSINESS DIALOGUES TO BOOST INVESTMENTS IN LAOS

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Date: 14, Apr, 2016   Time: 3:12 pm

Laos is enthusiastically rolling out a welcome mat for foreign investors from both the public and private sectors, especially investors and businesses from Japan, as the country is currently ranked as the 6th foreign investor in Laos.

A joint dialogue entitled ‘The 9th Annual Meeting of the Lao-Japan Public and Private Sectors Joint Dialogues’ was held in Vientiane yesterday, seeking to boost the investment climate in Laos.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the joint dialogue, Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Duangdy, said that Japan is not only one of the biggest and most important investors in the region but it is also a key trade partner of the Asean region.

“Over the past years, Japanese investment projects have played a significant role in the investment climate in Laos, ranking at 6th place out of 53 countries investing in Laos,” he said, adding that investment projects from Japan will be on the rise over the years to come.

He noted that the overall Lao business operations environment has rapidly improved. A recent report from the World Bank and The International Finance Corporation (IFC) unveiled that the survey for business facilitation in 189 countries ranked Laos at 134th for the year 2016, up from 139th the previous year.

“This meeting will also mark a crucial role for contributing to the improvements and promotion of the investment environment, enabling business operations, trade, investment and services of Japanese people in Laos,” Mr Somdy added.

At yesterday’s meeting, the joint dialogues between the public and private sectors of Laos and Japan discussed laws and approval procedures, taxation and customs and logistics.

According to the Embassy of Japan in Laos, the annual discussion between the two sides creates a positive outcome, with a number of Japanese companies coming to Laos to conduct investment surveys in Laos over the past years.

Meanwhile more than 120 Japanese companies are already investing in various fields throughout Laos.

In 2014, Japan was ranked 7th largest foreign investor in Laos with a total of more than US$438 million. Many Japanese companies are now registered in various Laos’ Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Specific Economic Zones.

Recently, the country has seen the establishment of the Pakxe-Japan SME SEZ Development Company Limited, a Lao-Japanese company which is seeking to facilitate the development of businesses from the two countries in a new specific economic zone (SEZ) in Champassak province.

The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Embassy of Japan in Laos in collaboration with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC Bangkok), The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in Vientiane and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA Laos).

 

Source: Vientiane Times Issue 293 (17 December 2015)

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Laos, Japan forge new economic partnership

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(Vientiane Times) Laos and Japan are pushing towards greater economic development cooperation as the relationship between both governments reached a new height on Wednesday.

Japan currently ranks as the top donor for infrastructure and social development project in Laos. Last March, the government of Japan approved grant of US$32 million to Laos for development initiatives in electricity, health and transportation.

 

In Vientiane on Wednesday, a memorandum of understanding to build business and investment relationships was signed between the Acting Director of the investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Mr Achong Laomao, and the Head of Asia and Oceania Unit of Mizuho Bank, Mr Hiroshi Suehiro. The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Douangdy, Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Mrs Junko Yokota, and senior officials from the two countries.

It marked the first MOU which the MPI has ever signed with foreign institution. It will be one of the most effective means to promote investment and develop trust between both parties in a project which will see Japanese investors expand their business interests to Laos.

Last December, an agreement was reached between Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur du Lao public and Mizuho Bank which enhances collaborations.

Mr Achong believes that Wednesday’s MOU agreement will facilitate Mizuho Bank in expanding is financial services into the greater Mekong sub-region. Turning the Bank’s investment direction towards this regions in line with Japanese foreign policy.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlined a firm policy which considers Asean as a significant target for socio-economic cooperation. Therefore, Laos has taken this opportunity to promote Japanese investment through various means. To attract more Japanese investment the future, the Lao government will continue to market the manufacturing, garment and textile, modern wood processing and service industries. Other areas earmarked to attract foreign direct investment are organic farming, transportation, education, and health.

At present, Laos has created 10 special economic zones with two more on the way in the near future. the country also has numerous specific economic regions as well.

He said he is confident that the MOU will open the door to more investment and convince high quality businesses from Japan about the sustainable economic development plans in Laos.

Mr Hiroshi said Mizuho’s primary target region Is Asia. “We have been making efforts to enhance our service in this area, especially within the Mekong sub-region,” he said.

“The memorandum we signed today aims to develop the MPIs and Mizuho’s ability, to provide information to Japanese corporations which are considering expanding their businesses or investment into Laos, and also to drive our support structure for market entry and investment procedures.”

Specific initiatives will include Mizuho and the MPI holding investment seminars and providing support to Mizuho’s customers though the MPI in relation to business expansion and investment in Laos.

Mizuho Bank is a one of the major component of Mizuho Financial Group. Mizuho Financial Group is one of the world’s largest full-service financial conglomerates with offices in over 30 countries and has over 56,000 staffs worldwide. It has served customers over 140 years and it has reliable credit ratings at A+ and A- given by S&P and Fitch, respectively.

Edited by: Mr. Phouvong Phaophongsavath, IPD’s officer, Email: ipd55892212@hotmail.com Tel/Fax: (+856) 21 219568

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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Meets with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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1. On March 6, commencing at 4:10 p.m. for 25 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Sonexay Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), who is visiting Japan by the invitation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

2. At the beginning, Minister Kishida welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Sonexayto Japan, and appreciated that the Lao PDR guided the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-related meetings to success last year as the ASEAN Chair. Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay expressed gratitude for this invitation to Japan, and stated that he feels overjoyed that exchanges between Japan and the Lao PDR are prospering at various levels.

3. Following that, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay expressed his gratitude for Japan’s attendance at last year’s ASEAN-related meetings and the various support that Japan extended at that time. In addition, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay explained that following the entry into force of the Air Services Agreement in May last year, he hopes to make progress with the realization of direct flights. Minister Kishida explained that Japan will contribute in various fields in order to realize the Japan-Lao PDR Joint Development Cooperation Plan. Minister Kishida expressed expectation that the Lao PDR’s will improve its investment environment so that Japanese companies can set up further businesses there, and that direct flights will commence.

4. In addition, Minister Kishida stated that he also intends to coordinate closely on issues such as the situation in South China Sea near future.

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