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Laos: Government Considering Single-Entry Visa With Neighbors

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

In hope of promoting tourism and other business, the government is considering a single-visa arrangement, similar to the Schengen visa available in parts of the European Union, which would allow tourists to combine a trip to neighboring Southeast Asian countries on one visa. Thailand and Cambodia struck a single-visa deal late last year, and Laos [read more]

Laos: Flooding Hits Wide Area, Including Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Date: August 13th, 2008 | No Comments

The Mekong River has flooded many areas of the country, including parts of the capital Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The river has reached levels not seen since 1966, considered the worst flood year in more than a century. Vast tracts of agricultural land have been inundated and flooding in Vientiane is the highest it has [read more]

Laos: Fighting in Vang Vieng

Date: May 30th, 2007 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Laos reported news of sporadic fighting between government forces and rebels in the area of Vang Vieng in northern Vientiane province, and warned against ground travel north from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from taking personal journeys in the area on Route 13 and contiguous roads. [read more]

Pacific Rim: Taiwan Earthquake Damages Undersea Cables

Date: January 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan Dec. 26 and damaged undersea telecommunications cables, affecting internet, banking and telephone services around the Pacific Rim. Much of the service has been restored but repairs to the cables are expected to take as long as a month. Internet access may be slow or unavailable in so [read more]

Laos

Date: July 12th, 2004 | No Comments

Several bombings in the past year in Vientiane and other cities and armed attacks on routes 13 and 7 earlier this year have made travel in Laos potentially dangerous. Bombings are unpredictable, and as much as possible travelers should remain alert in public places. Travel by road between Vang Vieng and Luang Phrabang and on [read more]

Laos: Backpacker Deaths Lead to Crackdown on River Tubing

Date: September 20th, 2012 | No Comments

Following a string of accidental tourist deaths in the backpacker haven of Vang Vieng, authorities are cracking down on the town’s most popular tourist activity: tubing down the Song river while drunk. Under the latest regulations, dozens of bars that served drinks and shots right on the water have been shut down, and operators that [read more]

Laos: First Railroad Set to Open

Date: April 10th, 2008 | No Comments

Laos is about to get its first railway, a humble 2.17-mile line crossing from the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge toward the capital Vientiane. It may be short but it will connect landlocked Laos with seaports in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Many plans are afoot with France and China to expand the railway through central [read more]

Laos: Fighting Endangers Highway from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Date: February 28th, 2007 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy has received reports from several sources of fighting between Lao government forces and one or more unidentified groups in the area of Vang Vieng in northern Vientiane province. Embassy officials recommend avoiding surface travel north from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, and prohibit travel by Embassy personnel to Luang Prabang along Route [read more]

Laos

Date: October 26th, 2004 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy has received information that during the ASEAN summit conference in Vientiane Nov. 25-30, insurgents may attempt to detonate bombs in Vientiane and several provinces, including Bolikhamxai, Khammouan, Savannakhet, Salavan and Champassak. The embassy has no information about specific targets or methods, and also warns that travel within the country during this period [read more]

Laos

Date: January 7th, 2004 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane does not permit personnel to travel overland in the Vang Vieng-Kasi region because of sporadic violent attacks on vehicles in the area over the last several months. Many of these attacks have occurred on Route 13 between Vang Vieng and Luang Phrabang, but others have happened on Route 7 from [read more]






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