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What should the government do to ensure sufficient rice is available and prevent price rises?

Rice and other food items are on sale at different prices in four districts of Vientiane. As people continue to complain about the price of food, even of things such as rice which are produced in Laos, Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on price rises, which sometimes appear to be arbitrary.

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- Are you concerned about a new wave of Covid-19?
Health officials have voiced concern about a possible new wave of Covid infections after 86 people tested positive for the virus in a single day on July 27..... More >>>
- How can we prevent monkeypox from spreading to Laos?
Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox. The virus is transmitted from person to person through .... More >>>
- What should be done to tackle the problem of roadside vendors?
Authorities in Sisattanak district, Vientiane, have warned vendors not sell food and other goods on the roadside outside Mahosot Hospital. This area has recently become congested, while vendors are conducting an illicit business because they have no licence to trade. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on this issue. .... More >>>
- What were your experiences of using the Laos-China railway?
Starting last December, the Laos-China railway has been operating between Vientiane and the northern town of Boten on the Chinese border, with huge demand for tickets every day. Vientiane Times asked some passengers for their views on train travel and the problems they had encountered. .... More >>>
- What can Laos do to make visitors feel welcome?
With the full reopening of Laos to foreign visitors, more and people from around the world are coming here for holidays, especially from neighbouring countries. But many have complained about services, facilities and especially the price of food. Unfortunately, some business owners have hiked their prices to take advantage of the influx of visitors.
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- Lao, Vietnamese people proud of special solidarity
This story marks the Laos-Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022 and celebrates the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Laos-Vietnam Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation..... More >>>
- What do you think about the planned changes at the Nam Phou fountain square?
The Asia Investment, Development and Construction Sole Co., Ltd. (AIDC) was granted a concession to develop the Nam Phou fountain square and give it a new, colourful image. But now the company has returned the site to the state. .... More >>>
- Deadly female Aedes mosquitoes are on the move
The weather in Laos at this time of the year is a mix of rain and sunshine, and this is a good time for female Aedes mosquitoes to increase their population and spread the virus that causes the dreaded dengue fever. ... More >>>
- What must be done to motivate young people to drive safely?
Many lives are lost in road accidents across Laos each year, with a large proportion of victims being young people. The police are trying to improve matters but their efforts have been ineffectual, due to lax law enforcement. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on ways to encourage safe driving..... More >>>
- What can be done to prevent the spread of dengue fever?
A total of 8,325 dengue infections have been recorded across the country so far this year, and 12 people have died from the virus. As communities battle the debilitating disease, Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on ways to prevent the spread of dengue..... More >>>
- What lessons have you learnt from the life of President Souphanouvong?
The President Souphanouvong was a former leader of Laos whose name will remain famous for all time. July 13 marks the 113th anniversary of the birth of this revolutionary hero, who went on to serve as the country’s first President from 1975 to 1991. Vientiane Times asked some local residents what they had learnt from him and how they are attempting to repay his devotion to the nation. .... More >>>
- What should be done to better protect aquatic species and wild animals?
Laos is rich in wildlife, but animals are being overhunted and fish stocks are dwindling. To mark the Day for National Fish Release and Aquatic.... More >>>
- Why is family planning important?
According to studies, women who bear more than four children and those who get pregnant after the age of 35 face increased health risks, and could benefit from family planning. With today being.... More >>>
- How can we keep our homes safe from harmful creatures?
During the rainy season, our homes are more likely to be invaded by unwelcome guests such as snakes, centipedes and scorpions, because they have been forced to.... More >>>
- What do you think of the ban on alcohol sales during schools’ final year exams?
Some provinces have banned the sale of alcoholic beverages when schools hold final year exams   this week and next, in an attempt to prevent brawls and road accidents caused by drunkenness. .... More >>>
- What should be done to tackle traffic jams?
Traffic jams are an inherent part of city life. Congestion is most common around schools, markets and hospitals, especially in the rush hour. Part of the problem is poor city planning and the fact that driving conditions have not kept pace with urban development. Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on ways to reduce congestion and how to deal with crowded streets. .... More >>>
- How can we encourage more young people to take vocational courses?
To provide young people with valuable job skills, as well as meet the needs of today’s job market, more should be done to encourage students to take vocational education and training classes, to help build a much–needed
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- What do you think of companies that make false claims about huge benefits for investors?
There have been reports on social media that many people have been duped by fraudulent businesses after depositing huge sums of money with them, and have filed lawsuits to declare their losses. One outfit promised interest rates as high as 30 percent a month. Such extravagant claims are fairly common, but people continue to be taken in by them, even though the authorities have warned the public not to be fooled by such unlikely good fortune. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their opinions on these get-rich-quick schemes.
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- What should we do to prevent diarrhoea?
About 45,000 people in Laos develop diarrhoea each year, with about 1,500 of those falling ill after eating unclean food, resulting in an average of 16 deaths. Health authorities say it is essential to eat only uncontaminated food to prevent illness. Vientiane Times asked around for people’s thoughts on ways to avoid this distressing sickness. .... More >>>
- What’s the best way to adapt to the continuing petrol shortage?
Numerous countries are experiencing shortages of fuel and skyrocketing prices, including Laos. Motorists can be seen in long queues at petrol stations as the government seeks solutions to the problem, which has occurred because of the shortage of foreign currency needed to buy fuel. .... More >>>
- What should be done to prevent the spread of dengue fever?
This year, the rainy season arrived earlier than usual, which meant mosquitoes started breeding sooner. More than 240 new cases of dengue fever were recorded on June 23, while 3,748 cases have been reported in Laos since.... More >>>
- What should be done to preserve more land for agriculture?
Fewer farmers are growing rice, especially in Vientiane, as many have given up farming while more and more land around the city is being appropriated for the construction of commercial property..... More >>>
- Citizens feedback on public services in Laos
The United Nations Public Service Day is observed each year on June 23 and is a day to reflect on the importance of services rendered by public servants. .... More >>>
- Should the government close currency exchange units to stabilise the value of the kip?
Many facebook users have posted comments about inflation and ways to tackle the problem of the weak kip. Most people urged the government to close currency exchange units so that banks had more control and were able to amass more foreign currency reserves. .... More >>>
- What can be done to reduce and regulate prices?
The authorities are trying to curb ever-increasing prices and rising living costs, seeking ways to maintain stability during turbulent times.  Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on the perennial problem of unwarranted price hikes. ... More >>>
- What can be done to stop goods being traded in foreign currencies?
The pricing and sale of goods in foreign currencies is illegal and the government is urging all businesses and vendors to sell goods only in kip. But with numerous goods and services purchased in foreign currencies, Vientiane Times asked a cross section of people whether they thought this was appropriate. .... More >>>
- What’s your opinion of the problems facing farmers?
Farmers are struggling with numerous problems, the most urgent being that some are unable to plough their fields or water their crops because they can’t get fuel. The high cost of fertiliser is another serious issue which, combined with a lack of manual labour, has led some farmers to abandon their fields this year. Vientiane Times asked a few farmers for their thoughts on the difficulties they face. .... More >>>
- What are your views on the proposed minimum wage increase?
The authorities will raise the amonthly minimum wage, which currently stands at 1,100,000 kip, to 1,200,000 kip in August and further to 1,300,000 kip in May 2023..... More >>>
- What should be done to reduce congestion at petrol stations?
The ongoing fuel shortage is causing long queues at petrol stations across the capital as desperate motorists drive from place to place in a determined attempt to find fuel. Unfortunately, .... More >>>
- What issues would you like the National Assembly to address?
The National Assembly opened its four-week 3rd ordinary session on Monday with a focus on efforts to stabilise the economy and the kip in order to prevent a crisis. .... More >>>
- How important is it to donate blood and what can we do to boost supplies?
The National Blood Transfusion Centre run by the Lao Red Cross is calling for more people to donate blood to mark World Blood Donor Day and meet the increasing need for blood transfusions at hospitals around the country. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on what could be done to ensure that blood stocks are sufficient to meet demand..... More >>>
- What can we do to stay safe from dengue fever?
Asean Dengue Fever Day is observed on June 14. The day is a campaign initiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to increase dengue awareness and advocate preventive strategies among the public. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on ways to keep dengue in check..... More >>>
- What more can the government do to help farmers?
The fuel shortage and the high price of fertiliser are creating serious problems for Lao farmers, who have called on the government to take urgent action to resolve the crisis. Farmers are concerned that if this situation continues, .... More >>>
- How can we ensure that the food we eat is clean and safe?
The Ministry of Health has advised members of the public to eat only clean food and to store raw and cooked food separately, cook food thoroughly, store food at a suitable temperature, .... More >>>
- What’s your assessment of consumer products made in Laos?
The government is taking steps to boost production in order to reduce the amount of goods imported, as well as to control the rising price of fuel and goods to ease the impact on the economy and the general public. Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on Lao-made products. .... More >>>
- How should we adapt to the spiralling cost of living?
The increasing inflation rate and the weak kip are driving up the cost of living, because most goods in Laos are imported. During this time of crisis, the government is urging everyone to band together and spend frugally. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on how we should all adapt to these difficult circumstances..... More >>>
- What’s the best way for schoolchildren to spend their holidays?
Most schoolchildren are now starting their three-month holiday after the end of the school year. With the summer months stretching ahead, Vientiane Times asked for people’s opinions on how children could most productively spend their long school break..... More >>>
- What should be done to revive tourism?
Although the government fully reopened Laos to foreign tourists last month, there are still very few visitors to be seen touring the sights in the capital..... More >>>
- How can we restore the weakening kip?
The weakening kip has been affecting the living condition of people. The government has agreed to take steps to deal with these challenges, particularly those .... More >>>
- What is the best way to conserve trees and ensure more land is forested?
The government’s goal is to restore forest cover to 70 percent of the country’s land area by 2025, and to develop a sustainable plan for natural resource conservation and usage. To mark National Arbour Day this year, forestry authorities are partnering with provincial education and sports departments to encourage schools, colleges and other institutions to plant trees, especially in public parks and along roadsides. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions about reforestation and the need to protect the natural environment. .... More >>>
- What should we do to avoid eating poisonous mushrooms?
The rainy season always brings a fine crop of mushrooms which Lao people like to eat. But some of these mushrooms may be poisonous if they grow in places where there are chemical residues, as well as being naturally toxic. .... More >>>
- How should farmers prepare for wet season cultivation?
The rainy season has begun and farmers nationwide are getting their crops in the ground. Farming is the main source of income for the country and the people. Most crops are grown in the rainy season and every year the authorities encourage people to be ready to start planting. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on how farmers should best prepare themselves for this annual activity..... More >>>
- How can we persuade more people to stop smoking?
About 7,000 people die annually in Laos, equal to 19 people a day, from smoking-related illnesses, including non-smokers who succumb after years of breathing second-hand smoke. .... More >>>
- Are the traffic police effective in their duties?
The Ministry of Public Security has called on traffic police in Vientiane to be more vigilant in carrying out their duties. Amid increasingly poor driving standards and lax law enforcement, Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on the matter. .... More >>>
- What can the government do to support farmers during the fuel shortage?
The fuel shortage is affecting farmers, who are calling on the government to take urgent action to resolve the crisis as they are in desperate need of fuel for their tractors and other farming machinery. Authorities have urged members of the public to avoid unnecessary travel in order to preserve fuel for farming. Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on what could be done to help farmers. .... More >>>
- What can we do to mitigate the risks posed by flooding and landslides?
The rainy season has begun and heavy rainfall has led to floods and landslides that have damaged roads, other infrastructure and houses. Authorities have warned the public to closely monitor forecasts to prepare themselves for weather extremes, especially flooding. Vientiane Times asked members of the public about ways to reduce these risks and to prevent problems..... More >>>
- Why is biodiversity so important?
International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on May 22. Several organisations in Laos held activities to mark the day and raise public awareness on biodiversity protection. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their views on biodiversity and why it is increasingly important.
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- Reclaiming our future
The Asia-Pacific region is at a crossroads today to further breakdown or breakthrough to a greener, better, safer future. .... More >>>

- Greater transparency in the regulatory environment is good business
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are critical for the growth and development of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). They account for 99 percent of all businesses in the country and generate most private sector jobs. With COVID-19 affecting households and businesses across the country, and the government struggling with slower growth and debt, the SME sector has a crucial role to play in supporting the Lao PDR’s economic recovery. .... More >>>

- What are your thoughts on people who stockpile fuel? 
Ms Phonethip, a government official in Xaythany district, Vientiane:  People need petrol for different reasons. Some want it to use in lawn mowers, others need it for their boat.... More >>>
- What can we do to clean up our surroundings and keep Laos garbage free?
These posts on Facebook show garbage strewn around the railway station in Luang Prabang province, which is unsightly, unhygienic, and does not impress visitors. Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on ways to encourage better behaviour. .... More >>>
- What should be done to tackle chronic flooding in Vientiane?
Drainage channels in Vientiane are often blocked by debris because many are near construction sites, while increasing urbanisation is leading to more .... More >>>
- How should we prepare to welcome tourists?
At least 2,000 people, both Lao and foreign, have entered Laos over the past week, with many more expected in the coming weeks and months. With the government calling on everyone to be ready to welcome and offer warm hospitality to tourists, Vientiane Times asked for opinions on ways we can best do this..... More >>>
- What precautions should we take when travelling in wet weather?
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides which have damaged roads and caused traffic jams. To reduce the risk of accidents in wet weather, drivers should take note of weather forecasts and be prepared for hazardous conditions. Vientiane Times asked members of the public what steps they were taking to guard against accidents..... More >>>
- How can we resolve the fuel shortage?
The government is trying to lower the cost of fuel by reducing the fees paid to the road maintenance fund and lowering taxes and other fees paid by businesses, in order to keep prices from spiralling out of control..... More >>>
- How should people follow their religion correctly?
International Buddhist Day on May 12 encourages people around the world to consider the value of the religion they follow, especially in light of .... More >>>
- What is your opinion of the nursing profession in Laos?
Tomorrow is International Nurses’ Day. Nurses are important because they are often the first healthcare professionals that patients meet. They are educators, counsellors and a resource for the family, using their skills to care for the sick. So it’s important that Lao nurses try to raise their standards to match those in other countries. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on the standard of nursing in Laos. .... More >>>
- How can we be more careful when sharing information on social media?
Social media enables people to connect with each other like never before. Friends and family can communicate at any time and businesses can reach consumers in an entirely new fashion. But social media users should be aware of the risk of posting .... More >>>
- How are you managing to budget in these difficult times?
The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, the spiralling price of fuel, and the depreciation of the kip are driving up the cost of everything we buy. Rising oil prices are also driving up costs, further increasing the price of goods that depend on fuel for .... More >>>
- What should we do to encourage Lao people to access basic sanitation facilities and main good hygiene?
According to statistics, one in two households still lack basic sanitation facilities, and two in three children drink contaminated water, with a high level of bacteria, especially Escherichia coli. Good hygiene practices .... More >>>
- Is it time to lift all travel restrictions and fully reopen Laos?
The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control is seeking input from the general public over the proposed reopening of the country’s borders to all Lao and foreign citizens. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on this dramatic move. .... More >>>
- What should be ensure that workers’ rights are upheld?
To mark International Labour Day on May 1, activities took place to highlight the role played by workers and their rights, particularly of those employed by factories and construction companies. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on how the rights of workers should be respected..... More >>>
- What should the government do to stop the illicit sale of foreign currencies?
Police are investigating the operations of currency exchange units that are not associated with a bank as required by law. Rising inflation and the continuing depreciation of the kip have seen many people turn to.... More >>>
- What’s the best way to protect ourselves against malaria?
Malaria is a debilitating illness that is spread by mosquitoes and the government plans to eliminate the disease from Laos by 2030. .... More >>>
- How can we promote understanding of the need to protect intellectual property?
Copyright infringements are common in Laos, even though the authorities carry out regular inspections to try to prevent such violations. Copyright protection is beneficial because it encourages innovators, whose creativity is key to furthering the development. To mark World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, Vientiane Times asked business owners and members of the public for their thoughts on this issue. .... More >>>
- What should be done to encourage vehicle owners pay the annual road tax?
The Ministry of Finance is urging everyone to pay the road tax for this year by June 30 at the latest. People or organisations who make late payments, or fail to pay, will be fined. Vientiane Times asked around to find... More >>>
- How important is it to learn English?
English is used worldwide in communication and business, and is the working language of the Asean bloc. To mark English Language Day on April 23, Vientiane Times asked some Vientiane residents for their thoughts on the importance of learning English. .... More >>>
- US ambassador marks Earth Day
April 22 is Earth Day – a day to remind us to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the places in nature we visit, and the wildlife we see. It has been celebrated in America since 1970, helping to transform the ways the United States and many countries interact with the world around us and changing how we view our impact on the natural world..... More >>>

- How important is it to donate blood and what can we do to boost blood stocks?
The National Blood Transfusion Centre run by the Lao Red Cross is calling for more people to donate blood in order to meet the increasing need for blood transfusions at hospitals around the country. .... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on Laos-Vietnam relations?
To mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations (5/9/1962-5/9/2022) and the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam- Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (18/7/1977-18/7/2022), Vientiane Times asked for opinions on the strong bonds between Laos and Vietnam. .... More >>>
- How can we help protect the environment and ease the effects of climate change?
Environmental preservation is necessary because the earth’s resources are limited and threatened by human activity. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on ways to protect the environment and preserve the planet for our children and future generations. .... More >>>
- What’s the best way to prevent diarrhoea in the hot season?
Hot weather causes pathogens to proliferate more quickly, resulting in more cases of diarrhoea due to food poisoning. Health authorities have warned everyone to be careful about what they eat during times.... More >>>
- What are your impressions of the Lao New Year celebrations?
People nationwide had a joyful time celebrating Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) last week. This is the most important festival in the Lao calendar and is a time of endless fun that characterises the Lao identity. Vientiane Times took the chance to ask a few people about the activities they took part in this year, which everyone enjoyed despite the Covid outbreak.... More >>>
- What do you think about the plan to reduce the number of civil servants?
This year the government will hire 1,300 new civil servants to fill posts at the central and provincial levels. This number is smaller than in past years, as the government says it does not want its departments to .... More >>>
- What do you think about the use of electric buses?
The Vientiane State Bus Enterprise is testing the use of four electric buses, with passengers offered free rides from March 23 to April 13. .... More >>>
- How important is the work of the Public Security Force?
The Public Security Force celebrates its 61st anniversary on April 5. With events to mark the occasion taking place across the country, Vientiane Times sounded out people’s opinions on the value of the force’s work for Laos .... More >>>
- Should the price of pork be better regulated?
Vientiane authorities say there will be enough pork to meet the needs of consumers over Lao New Year, and also that the price will be capped at 52,000 kip per kilogram. As people draw up shopping lists ahead of the festivities, Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on price regulation..... More >>>
- Why should we conserve crocodiles?
The Savannakhet provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with the Wildlife Conservation Society last week released 47 young freshwater crocodiles into the Ang Jiew marsh in Tansoum village, Champhon district. The marsh is part of the Xechamphon biodiversity in wetland conservation area, which covers 13 villages in four districts of Savannankhet. Vientiane Times attended the event and asked some of those involved about the reasons for crocodile conservation..... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on Covid booster shots?
Second booster shots of Covid vaccine are being offered to people aged 60 and over and to people with a chronic illness, to strengthen their immunity to Covid. .... More >>>
- What do you think about the cost of Molacovir to treat Covid?
There have been many complaints about the price of the drug Molacovir, which is being manufactured in Laos to treat the early stages of Covid-19 and is on sale at 400,000 kip.
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- What can we do to achieve happiness?
There are many problems affecting people around the world which make them unhappy, especially during times of financial hardship and other difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As life gets harder for many of us, Vientiane Times asked for opinions about ways in which we can be more positive. .... More >>>
- What can we do to mitigate the effects of storms?
With the hot season well and truly upon us, we can export more storms, which bring strong winds and torrential rain. Knowing that these storms can cause extensive damage. Vientiane Times sought opinions about the precautions we should take..... More >>>
- Why should we pay for road tax and a vehicle check?
It’s time for motorists to pay the annual road tax and get a vehicle inspection. This is necessary both to comply with the law and contribute to the government’s coffers. As road users are forced to dig ever deeper into their pockets, Vientiane Times ask some drivers for their thoughts on these annual payments. .... More >>>
- What should we do to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
The Omicron variant of Covid is highly transmissible, with more than 1,000 cases now being recorded in Laos each day. The National Taskforce for Covid-19.... More >>>
- What do you think about the Mayor’s order on noise control?
The Mayor of Vientiane has ordered a curb on the amount of noise generated, in particular by places of entertainment, festivals, exhibitions and other events. The order forbids.... More >>>
- What can be done to ensure clean water is accessible to all?
Water is essential for all forms of life but 97 percent of all water is in the oceans, with only 3 percent being fresh water. To mark World Water Day on March 22, Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts about efforts to ensure greater access to clean water and how to preserve clean water sources..... More >>>
- Lao foreign minister marks foundation day of Mekong-Lancang cooperation
On March 23, 2016, the leaders of the Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and the People’s Republic of China jointly announced the establishment of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Framework at the First Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Sanya, China. ... More >>>
- What more should we do to protect forests?
International Day of Forests is marked today, March 21, by raising global awareness of the importance of forest conservation and protection. Amid shrinking forest cover worldwide, Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on ways to prevent further loss of forest cover. .... More >>>
- Why is online gaming allowed when gambling is banned in Laos?
There is a strict ban on all forms of gambling in Laos but it’s common to see people playing cards, ping-go, khoung-khai and online games in their homes. Vientiane Times asked some city residents for their thoughts on the proliferation of gambling games. .... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on the sale of imitation sinh?
There are many imitation Lao-style skirts currently on sale both in markets and online. The government has warned that it is illegal to make and sell imitation sinh, .... More >>>
- What is the most efficient way to use electricity in hot weather?
Temperatures are rising with the onset of the hot season and electricity consumption is increasing because more people are using electrical cooling devices. Many people are concerned that supply will not meet demand, which will result in power cuts. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on the best ways to use electricity. .... More >>>
- What should be done to ensure safe travel amid the Covid outbreak?
The number of Lao people travelling around the country is back to pre-pandemic figures and many popular places are full of visitors, especially at weekends. But is this safe, given the rising number of.... More >>>
- How can we deal with the rising cost of living and inflation?
The price of almost everything has increased and inflation seems to be rampant. Amid growing public concern over the spiralling cost of living, Vientiane Times asked how people were dealing with the situation. .... More >>>
- What should be done to put a stop to robberies and other crimes?
A large number of people in Laos are experiencing financial hardship. While the rising price of gold means this is a good time to buy gold items and jewellery,.... More >>>
- What should be done to ensure roads are properly maintained?
Every year the government spends a lot of money on road upgrades. Last year saw the opening of an expressway, while the road between Tanmixay and Sikert .... More >>>
- How should we use electricity safely in hot weather?
With the hot weather upon us electricity usage has increased rapidly as more people turn on air conditioners and fans. Many people are concerned about a shortage of electricity while there is also the risk that overloaded circuits will cut out. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on ways to save electricity and prevent accidents. .... More >>>
- What should we do today to ensure gender equality in the future?
The government is working to promote gender equality by encouraging women to participate in all areas of life, promoting women’s rights and speaking out against violence towards women and girls..... More >>>
- What can be done to get motorists to use traffic lights properly?
Many motorists don’t bother to stop at traffic lights, which is dangerous and greatly increases the risk of accidents. Amid growing public concern about such irresponsible behaviour, Vientiane Times asked for people’s opinions on what should be done to force drivers to comply with the traffic rules. .... More >>>
- What should be done to protect wild animals?
Many of Laos’ animal populations have been decimated by illegal hunting, while pollution from factories has also had a negative impact on wildlife and forests. On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, which is observed on March 3, Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on ways to protect wildlife and the environment. .... More >>>
- How can we prevent illness by ensuring we eat clean food?
With hot weather on the way, it’s time to think about the increased risk of illness from unclean food, as higher temperatures mean that pathogens proliferate at a faster rate. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on the best ways to stay healthy. .... More >>>
- What do you think about the way train tickets are sold?
After it was learnt that touts were buying up train tickets to sell on at inflated prices, in addition to the inconvenience of people having to travel 10 kilometres out of the city centre to buy tickets at the station, the rail operator has opened a ticket office at the Vientiane Center. But passengers must pay an additional 20,000 kip per ticket as a service charge. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on the sale of tickets. .... More >>>
- How can we guard against misinformation posted on social media?
Fake news is common on social media sites and although the government has warned users that reporting and sharing false information, whether in the form of fake reports or altered images is against the law, some netizens continue to post misinformation. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on the matter..... More >>>
- What should be done to stop the spread of Omicron?
The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has warned everyone to be vigilant following identification of the first locally-transmitted case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Borikhamxay province..... More >>>
- What should be done to make Lao-made products more popular?
The Made in Laos 2022 fair is taking place at Lao-ITECC in Vientiane, bringing together a wide range of products made across the country..... More >>>
- How can we prevent online fraud?
The proliferation of online activities has opened up opportunities for tricksters. Some Facebook users have warned that hackers have accessed their pages and used their personal information to scam money from their friends. .... More >>>
- What’s the best way to stay healthy during sudden weather changes?
The last few days have delivered all manner of weather conditions, from hot to cold and dry to wet. Such abrupt changes put the health of both humans and animals at risk. Following several days of unseasonal weather, Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on the best ways to stay healthy in such conditions. .... More >>>
- What should be done to protect aquatic species and wild animals?
Laos’ wildlife and aquatic creatures are being decimated by hunting, habitat loss and weather extremes. The death last week of the last surviving Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River is a sad reflection of the prospects for wildlife in Laos..... More >>>
- What should be done to curb the spread of Covid in schools?
Many schools across the country have reopened, but parents are concerned about outbreaks of Covid-19 and fear that prevention measures in schools may be inadequate. Vientiane Times asked for opinions on what should be done to prevent the spread of the virus. .... More >>>
- What can be done to reduce air pollution in Vientiane?
Air pollution is an increasing problem and airborne particulate matter often rises to unsafe levels. To combat this problem, .... More >>>
- Is it a good idea to dispose of illegally imported goods?
Illegally imports remain commonplace in Laos, including vehicles and food items. Officials recently found almost 28 tonnes of illegally imported frozen poultry parts .... More >>>
- What changes should we make during these times of financial hardship?
The Covid-19 pandemic has delivered a severe blow to the economy. The inflation rate continues to rise, driving up the cost of living, because most goods in Laos are imported. With unemployment also skyrocketing, Vientiane Times asked for opinions on how we should adapt to these difficult circumstances. .... More >>>
- How can we solve the problem of dirty roads?
Most roads in Laos are dirty and dusty, which causes problems for road users and those who live alongside roads. Although there are regulations concerning cleanliness, many people ignore them. This is a matter of public concern and there is pressure on the authorities to rectify the situation. Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on the matter.  .... More >>>
- What can be done to prevent and mitigate the effects of extreme weather?
Last year Laos experienced floods, drought, storms, landslides and crop pest invasions on 65 occasions, which affected 70,200 people in 15 provinces. Vientiane Times sought public opinion on what could be done to prevent and lessen the effects of these weather extremes..... More >>>
- What should be done to put an end to the drug trade?
Bokeo police recently disrupted a drug ring when they arrested four people in possession of more than 4 tonnes of amphetamine. Police made another dent in the drug trade when they uncovered a stockpile of more than 55 million amphetamine tablets. With drug trafficking and addiction a growing problem in Laos, Vientiane Times asked some local residents for their thoughts on ways to tackle the issue..... More >>>
- What should be done to tackle the problem of roadside vendors?
Thousands of vendors illegally ply their trade on roadsides, while shop owners have to pay taxes. Trade without the payment of taxes contravenes the concept of national development. Vientiane Times asked members of the public and vendors for their thoughts on this issue..... More >>>
- What can be done to prevent the spread of animal diseases?
Cold weather is one reason for the spread of some pathogens and can also increase the risk of a disease outbreak. With some parts of the country now experiencing outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, Vientiane Times asked for people’s thoughts on ways to protect livestock. .... More >>>
- What must be done to curb the burning of scrubland?
There is growing concern over deliberate burning as the sky becomes more polluted with smoke. The haze we can see is created by large amounts of fine particles that make the air unhealthy and can be life-threatening for people with respiratory problems. Vientiane Times asked around for people’s opinions on this chronic and worsening situation. .... More >>>
- What do you think of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions’ achievements over the past 66 years?
To mark the 66th anniversary of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (1/2/1956 to 1/2/2022), Vientiane Times ask members of the public for their assessment of the work of the federation and what it should aim for in the future..... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on the Lao Food Festival?
The annual Lao Food Festival took place at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane last week and featured more than 100 stalls selling food items from Vientiane and most of the provinces. Vientiane Times visited the event to ask stallholders for their thoughts on the importance of this popular festival..... More >>>
- What can be done to prevent people falling victim to fake job offers?
Police have arrested a man who pretended to be an army major and persuaded people to pay him money when he promised he could get them a job. Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their thoughts on this disturbing practice..... More >>>
- What should be done to make roads safer for pedestrians?
More traffic lights have been installed in residential areas of Vientiane to make it easier for people to cross roads and also ease traffic congestion. .... More >>>
- What should health authorities do to assist the poorest people?
Health authorities say improved healthcare and treatment for poor families is essential. A health insurance scheme exists to enable poor people living in remote areas to access free health checks and treatment at hospitals and dispensaries, but some hospitals do not subscribe to the scheme. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on this chronic problem.  .... More >>>
- What should be done to ensure the safety of tourists during the Covid pandemic?
The government is considering easing Covid-19 restrictions in relation to the return of foreign visitors to Laos, after foreigners were banned from entering the country in 2020. Tourists are now allowed to visit government-designated “green travel zones”, but in strict compliance with virus control measures. Vientiane Times asked for opinions about how Laos might tempt travellers to return..... More >>>


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