4th Japan Festival 2018 in Laos

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We are going to have a largest scale Japan related event here in Vientiane ever, with Japanese Drum and Traditional Instruments’ Performance, Concert by Japanese and Lao singers, Japanese Foods, Character show, Cool & Kawaii JAPAN 2018 (J-POP Cover-dance Competition and Cosplay Contest), Japan Production Exhibition, Japanese and Lao Folk dance and so on!
Just join us and have much fun on 2nd, 3rd, 4th February at Lao-ITECC!!

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Longeum View Resort

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An authentic resort situated at the north east around 93 km from Khopchaideu restaurant where shuttle bus and Taxi from Watai airport is usually stop as it’s a center point.
Longneum View Resort is standing on the mountain valet and facing to the Nagneum Reservoir  and it’s good view for seeing water activities such as local fishery, boating activities, sunrise and sunset as well as moonlight shining on the river. As the Resort is situated on hight altitude, event in hot whether, this place is still cool at night.
Moreover at the resort it self there is a small tour services package as boat renting for visiting around the reservoir, fishing activities, Jetski riding from resort to Golf course Dansavanh
The food serving is excellent, for some who like Lao coffee here is the right place for it, as the resort has self compilation.
During the night, the clients can also enjoying Karaoke as well as variety of cocktails at the Bar next to swimming pool.
Here are the services available now.
Long Ngum View Resort Hotel Facilities
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Airport Transfer
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Car Park
  • Coffee Shop
  • Family Room
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Tours
  • Wi-Fi in Public Areas
Long Ngum View Resort Room Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Bathtub
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Internet Access – Lan (Complimentary)
  • Internet Access – Wireless (Complimentary)
  • Mini Bar
  • Non Smoking Rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Separate Shower And Tub
  • Shower
  • Television
Long Ngum View Resort Sports and Recreation
  • Garden
  • Massage
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Steamroom
For more informations:
Nam Ngum Dam, Thalad Ban Sengsavang, Keo Oudom District, Vientiane Province
https://m.facebook.com/longngumview
020 77 881 138
021 214 872

View from swimming pool to reservoir

view from swimming pool to Bar

Exclusive room

Bed well prepared and cleaned

Coffee outdoor

coffee our door night view

Coffee banner made by wood

View of resort on arrival

Conference room

Welcome to Longeum View Resort

BCEL One service One Pay by QR Code, no need to care cashes. (For customers how member and has registered with Banque du Commerce Exterieur du Laos. (BCEL. Written in French)

Sun rise view

warm hospitality

Fishing activiy

 

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Wantan noodle

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Wantan noodle has setup in Vientiane about 50 years ago, and this is one of oldest noodle house still remain and available until today.

This noodle house is only one place serving with smoked port and wantan, for other reason the noodle it self is soft and rich wish likely different from other noodle house.

Open daily from 18:00 to 22:00 or sometime closed earlier if the noodle and soup and finished.

Small bole: 10.000 LAK

Bigger size 15.000 LAK and just right for one person.

 

on beside of the noodle house there is also fresh juices, Chinese traditional cake and Manjou.

 

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Old BBQ Vientiane

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焼肉 or Lao style BBQ serve together with shabushabu is very commons in Laos. There is no any special occasion either events, but what happening is the majority of Lao people’s love BBQ. And this is the best food serving and peoples can gathering together. One drop one pick and one enjoy the cold beer lao. Humm! Sounds Yammy! Saying Sindath, シンダート or 焼肉 kualuang is one of oldest BBQ in Vientiane capital. The most clients are local peoples and if once we want to meet old child’s friend, here is te right place to go.

Opening everyday from 5pm until 11:30 pm.

One set cost: from 48.000 kip – 58.000 kip depend on type of meat and size.

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Ramen

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Here is one of oldest Chinese noodle in Vientiane. Since 50 years ago this ramen shop has start and become very popular among local peoples.

Opening everyday from 7 o’clock to 12 o’clock. Closed in the afternoon and evening.

Big size is 15.000 kip, small size is 10.000 kip.

The customers can chooses with out Sansai 山菜 or Phakchi. ຜັກຫອມປ້ອມ ພາສາລາວ.

Clear shop, and the noodle it self is different from any other place in Laos. After having nice noodle the restaurant also have a many kind of yaki mono standing and ready for picking up for the ways home.

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Beer time

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Drinking beer after work is a parts of habits and it having repeat since draught beer was represents around 1986 and it was the same year where Laos has open the gate to Neo Economic Mechanism or (NEM).

At that time there where only Beer Lao, and 33 in the most. Since then there where also importation beer such as Budweiser , Carlsberg , tiger, and Heineken which is popular today. Some may like to have Belgium beer such as Hoegaarden at the beer house vientiane.

“A Centerpoint hoykheng” ເຊັນເຕີພ້ອຍ ຫອຍແຄງ or shell center locating behind of army museum is one place where local peoples hangout every night about 2.000 peoples for gathering and enjoying beer with verity BBQ.

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Lao style Udon

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Lao style Udon or Khaopiak is very popular among Lao peoples. Khaopiak is fast to prepare and also fast to finish, saying this is a kind of Lao fast food, most proples likebti take it in the morning before going to work.

Khaopiak is a base of rice noodle but the soup is variety, some speciality of fishs, porks, chicken, crabs, as well as crispy porks.

This restaurant open from 6 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm, monday to saturday.

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Laos-China Hi-Speed Railway Construction Progresses 16%

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Laos-China Hi-Speed Railway Construction Progresses 16%

(KPL) Laos-China Railway Construction Project stretching from Bohan-Boten (Laos-China border) to Vientiane Capital has been actively implementing and had a satisfactory progress, which is 16.4 percent complete and expected to complete as scheduled by the end of 2021.

Over the past two years, sub-contractors completely drilled 53 channels passing through mountains, built 36 bridges with a total length of 54,000 metres, cleared land for building roads access to construction areas with a total length of 800 km, installed transmission line with over 400 km stretch and 233 transformers and built 93 km long of water supply.

China Railway No 2 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. a subcontractor in the sixth section of railway construction running 65.7 km from Phonhol district, Vientiane Province to Vientiane Capital which its framework consists of a 51-km infrastructure construction, construction of 17 bridges and four stations, has completed to install 130 poles and expected all poles to be installed by middle this year.

Laos-China railway with a total stretch of 417 km is a top-standard single track, which designed operating speed of 160 km per hour.

A combined investment of the railway is US$6 billion and the construction work kicked off December 2 2015, a part of celebration of 40th anniversary of National Day. This is the biggest investment project of China in Laos so far.

The project, under “one belt, one road initiative” will be a significant part of socio-economic development of Laos to be grown and moved upwards. 

Laos and China is a shared plight community that existed a mutual trust under Laos’s strategy to turn land-locked country into land-link.

KPL

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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.

For more informations

 

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Vat Phou

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Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape – (extracts from UNESCO’s website). The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phou Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over some 10 km. Two planned cities on the banks of the Mekong River are also part of the site, as well as Phou Kao mountain. The whole represents a development ranging from the 5th to 15th centuries, mainly associated with the Khmer Empire.

Vat Phou 

Inscriptions from to the 5th and 6th centuries mention a sanctuary built on the mountain, during the same period as the foundation of the city. This sanctuary has disappeared and has been replaced by the religious complex we see today. This complex was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstructions from the 12th and 13th centuries. 

Built along an East-West axis, it extends over 1.4 km and climbs up the slope, starting from the plain and ending about 100m above, where the main sanctuary is situated. The main sanctuary is located on a terrace at the foot of the cliff where the sacred spring flows.

The religious complex of Vat Phou is of Khmer architecture and Hindu religion and is situated at the foot of a hill. The summit, the Phou Kao, immediately commands one’s attention because of its shape, identified in ancient times with the linga, the phallic symbol of Shiva, from which originated its ancient name, Lingaparvata, and its reputation as a sacred hill.

The permanent spring, at the foot of the cliffs, is probably one of the main reasons that induced the ancient rulers of the area to establish a shivaist sanctuary at this location. Associated with this religious complex, in the plain below, on the banks of the Mekong, is a pre-angkorian city, the remains of which (large earthen enclosure walls, brick monuments) are barely visible on the ground, although they appear quite clearly on aerial pictures. 

Since 1991, excavations have been undertaken by P.R.A.L. (Projet de Recherches en Archéologie Lao) with the aim of producing a precise archaeological map.

read more http://www.vatphou-champassak.com/

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Vat Phou Festival 2018

29-31 January 2018

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