Alexandra Bounxouei is working on her second album.  It will hit the market within month.  There goes again my piggybank. More info


Willy Denzey, another brilliant R&B artist from France released his third single from the album ACTE II.  Check it out

At last we have Joey Sisouvath third album.  As documented that last week we interviewed him for our TV section.  His brand new songs uploaded.  If you like what you hear then grab them from music store now.  More info


This Hip Hop song from Lao Crimino will surely set a new bench mark for Lao Hip Hop and will become most talked about song of all time in the history of modern Lao music.  This group of Lao Crimino will conquer and lay claim their Hip Hop territory.  There is no shocking rhymes here but smooth, beautiful and perfect .....Pix of Lao Crimino  More info


LaoDesign features an exquisite collection of antique, vintage and contemporary textiles. The antique and vintage textile collection depicts a diverse assortment of pieces to reflect the rich history and cultural heritage of Laos, and represents the artistic inspirations and manual skills of an era long gone by. The contemporary textile collection offers one-of-a-kind pieces, uniquely designed by acclaimed Lao designer Bounkhong Signavong and hand-woven on traditional loom by Lao masterweavers, reviving century-old weaving traditions of Laos.

LaoDesign offers one-of-a-kind fashion objects, like dresses, skirts, jackets and shirts, giving new life to vintage textiles by integrating them into uniquely designed formal and every-day wear.  All items offered are of exclusive quality, most are unique, and some produced in limited numbers. Many have been placed in public and private collections around the world. Every-day items, like scarves and shawls made from silk are being enjoyed by men and women alike.  For more info>>>


Laos staged the 25th SEA Games seamlessly with many great helps and supports coming both from within and outside of Laos.  Many of athletes and supporters may come to Laos for the very first time in their lives.  Hopefully, they bring home many happy memories from the Land of Million of Elephants or locally known as Lanxang. 

As we’d well witnessed over recent weeks, Laotians are passionate people.  We are proud of our unique cultures, great history, colourful customs, heritages, fine arts and last but not least importantly we are sport. 

We may have witnessed the rise of Laotians.  Laos right now is in its building and changing phase where many of its population are still young.  ASEAN populations may be still in owe surprising by the overwhelming supports of SEA Games and their elite athletes shown by Laotians.  From the very young to the very well respected elders, they displayed the greatest affections to their beloved country by wearing the blue, red and white Lao flag T-shirt.  What is a beautiful sight to be seen!  

Undeniably this 25th SEA Games has many of its first for Laos.  I am proud!  Here is beautiful song by four of the very best & talented artists of Laos.  More info>>>

The Laotian American Museum is Born. Lao Museum's purpose is to enlighten the generations of the past and future of the Lao culture. Also, the purpose is to preserve the history of Laos and explain the journey and stories of the many refugees that came to America to seek opportunity, security, and hope for a better future.

The importance of having a Lao Museum is to educate the viewers of the natives of Laos and embrace the traditions of the past. A way to interest the younger generation, we will have a interactive art activity where kids can have the ability to actually feel the artefacts and the culture of Laos.


Two short poems from Lao Art & Foundation Magazine wrote sometimes back in 1996.  Whether you are a true believer or a sceptic of climate change, but it does make sense that as a good citizen of the world we are at least trying to stabilise our earth climate.  More info>>>


The next best thing that ever happened in living memory is that Laos has become member of ASEAN.  Lao youth now have opportunity to freely roam around surround countries which vastly differ from Laos itself in wealth or culture.  Hopefully as they travel they bring home plenty of good ideas to develop. 

As member of ASEAN, Laos was given an opportunity to host SEA Games for the very first time.  A week after National Day ie 2nd of December, SEA Games will officially commence.  Thanks to all nations which have been helping in making the biggest event to be held in Laos happen.    

In less than just five years rice fields have transformed into world class sport complex ever built in Laos to host the 25th SEA Games.  Located approximately 15 kilometres from Vientiane Capital, many generations of Laotians and visitors will get to enjoy the stadium as ASEAN sport stars grace the arena.

There is certainly an edge of excitement in the air; way up in the sky as SEA Games is coming so close.  Lao people welcome all athletes, coached, administrators and others officials with their opened arms and hearts.  As a Laos born person, I am so proud and welcome!  More info >>>


“Bomb Harvest” is a documentary about UXO (unexploded ordnance) in Laos.  It was first shown during Sydney Film Festival in 2007 at major movie theatre namely greater union.  I did a brief story on it prior to the screening of this excellent documentary.

I watched it again on the weekend.  “Bomb Harvest” produced by Australian film producer, Sylvia Wilczynski.  The film should get attention for the issue of UXO in Laos and open Australia's eyes to the Lao community.  And this should also remind us of what is to come from the wars of today.  More info>>>>


LAOS 2004

Laopress.com nominates "Welcome TO Laos" By Kongla as the unofficial song for the ASEAN summit in Vientiane, the capital city of Lao PDR.  What is it?

Laos joined The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 23rd July 1997.   She will host their 10th ASEAN summit in Nakorn Luang Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.  The increasingly commercial elite ASEAN will get together to talk about issues that are important to them.  There should be more of these big important events held in Laos since Laos has its relaxed atmosphere and environment for important issues to decide upon.  Full story>>>


A few days after the the tragic, tragic, indescribable event known as September 11, I wrote this article titled "BASTARD".  let's go back and read that again. Full story>>


Wat Buddhalavarn has more than 20 years of history.  Temple was originally house in Cabramatta where there are many Laotian living in and around that area.  Several monks stayed at rented three bedrooms house.  After several years of generosity of donation from Buddhists, Wat Duddhalavarn was able to purchase a house in Cabramatta.  That was where it’d based for another six – seven years.   In the late 1990’s Wat Buddhalavarn Inc bought more than 50 acres of land, two houses and a large shed.  One house is now... Full story>>>


Australia is a representative democracy where people elect representatives to make decisions for them. You vote at federal elections to elect people to represent you in the Australian Federal Parliament. Parliament is a decision-making body, which is made up of two houses – The House of Representatives and The Senate. More info >>


What year did Laos first compete in Olympics?


One of new politicians emerging in Local Government elections is councillor Anoulack Chanthivong (ALP).  He is trained Economist.  He represents an electorate where the Leader of Leader of the
Australian Labor Party
, Mr. Mark Latham lives.  More info>>>


The Sikhotttanbong stupa funded by king Sumintharath or Sumitta Thammavongsa Atherat of Sikhottaboun Laung Empire about the 5th to 6th centuries before Christ year.  According to the historical document of the Buddha’s ash (That Phnon) retold that Nanthasane, the first king of Sikhottaboun Empire governed the town during the lifetime of the Buddha. 

The history of Sikhottabong stupa didn’t appear almost 500 years in any histories and legends.  In the reign of LaneXang kingdom, the king Fa Ngum Maharath united the multi kingdom into one land in1353.  In 1433 the governor of Kabong town (Maung Kao) started to chip and clear the surrounding of this stupa. More info>>


Most of you might probably know that I have a burning desire to assist in promoting anything Lao, especially music.  In fact, it's our responsibilities to help future generations / leaders proud to claim that they come from Laos and they are Lao.

This is a link to Seng Rattanavong's website.  He has been art director and designer little over 10 years.  Check his portfolios out. http://www.ithink29.com


Pride in anyone language is big word.  Building Chao Fa Ngum statue in Vientiane to honour the greatest Lanxang King is an excellent idea.  It will sure lift up Lao spirit and PRIDE. 

Here is an article by LANXANG.  This is a story of Chao FaNgum, the first king of LANXANG.

Chao FaNgum was the grandson of Phraya Khamphong, the ruler of Meuang Sua (Luangprabang). Because it was reputed that he was born with 33 teeth ? an ominous sign for the throne, he was exiled from the land. By the way, one source said that his father, Phi Fa, committed adultery with his grandfather's concubine, both the father and Chao FaNgum fell from the ruler's favours and had to leave the country.

fierce, elegant, power, ONE......


more info  http://www.panyasin.net or http://www.muanglao.com


The largest temple fair happens at the end of the year during November is Pra That Luang Festival.  It's our tradition that along with religious ceremony of Boon That Laung comes a trade show and carnival games.

Vien Tien in the evening is the beginning of the Festival.  Thousand of people with candle-light walk around Sim three times lead by chanting monks. 

Pra That Laung is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the religion and Lao sovereignty.  It built during King Sethhathirat era.  It situates about 5km north east of the center of Vientiane, the national capital city of Laos.  Sitting is front of the That Laung is a status of King Setthathirat.

This year Wat Prayortkeo in Sydney, Australia constructed a small replica of That Luang.  Laopress.com again documented as it happened.  Several hundred people turned up for the occasion.  There were live traditional as well as popular entertainment.  There were also a rare Lao artifacts on show. 


Laopress.com has secured world exclusive interview with Dr Kitsana Manivong, a Board Director of the largest Laotian community in Australia, Lao Community Advancement (NSW) Co-operative limited. His portfolio falls under Laotian Youth. He is also an active member of YLAG.

He talks about current initiatives and those currently are being understudied which will bring Laotian together for good cause, fun and games, multifunction hall, activities for Youth, global Laotians, future of Lao Advancement Co-op, his plans and visions for the future.

There are several initiatives that are currently being implemented or understudied. According to Dr Kitsana Manivong these are some of them: national sport events, purchasing an existing Club, upgrading childcare centre, investing in nursing home, and establishing LaoCoop website

National sport events, possibly interstates teams will come and support these events. This is an initiative to get the whole Laotian communities together.

A propose to purchase an existing Club. Club can make lots of potential for investment and returns. But the idea here is to have our own Club, to have our people to attend Club, hold functions, and have our community get together.

Upgrading childcare centre, this initiative is aim to care for our younger generations, teach them how to read and talk.

Investing in nursing home, there is a need to take care of our grandparents.

Establishing LaoCoop website, bring people from all corner of the world and let they know what Laotian community is doing.

The plan is to promote Lao people, especially the young ones, get them together because they are the future!


SBS radio station broadcasts in 68 languages across Australia.  Laotian is one of them. 

Laotian programs lead by Mr Ouphet Souvannavong bases in Sydney and Mr Khamleck Thongvilu is in Melbourne. 

Laotian programs broadcast twice a week from either Sydney or Melbourne.  These two gentlemen take turn to direct programs from where they base. 


Sydney (AM)

Melbourne (AM)










Link http://www.sbs.com.au/radio_new/default.html 


What is the capital city of Champassak province? 

The capital city of Champassak province is Pakse.  After 1975, Champassak province formed by merging three separate provinces together; Champassak, Sedon, and Sithandon. 

Here are some of influential figures in our modern time who come from the south: Kaysone Phomvihane, Nouhak Phoumsavan, Khamtay Siphandone and Andy Chanthavixay. 


Making-up sex can be pretty damn good.   And it turns out it could be a natural response to conflict – well, a natural ape response anyway. 

A study of Africa’s bonobo apes shows that after a fight, they instinctively reconcile by having sex. 

So go ahead and give into your animal instincts.


What was the first Capital City of Laos? 

When the kingdom of Lan Xang (Million Elephants) was founded by Chao Fa Ngum in the 14th century, It was at first centred in Muang Sawa (Luang Prabang). 


Thing is certainly hot up in the Middle East.  Bullets are flying left, right and centre.  It’s sad to see thing getting worse.  There is no prize for guessing who come out second best.

In a game of politics, there is no such thing as good or evil.  Sadly, there is only winner or looser.  The strong will live to fight another day.   


What year did Laos first compete in Olympics?

1984 - Los Angeles, USA.


I received email from President of Educate Laos.  Ignorant I am that I didn’t know there is such an organization exists.  What an excellent idea.  There must be some thousand of people who’s come across this website somehow that have used textbooks. They don’t ever need them any more.  How about donate those textbooks for good cause.  

Hi my name is Anousone.  I would like to say that this is a very nice website.  I do have a couple of questions. I am President of Educate Laos.  This is a program that promotes higher education for the students in Laos.  What we do is collect high school and college textbooks for the schools and students in Laos.   

This year we are also going to try and help fix up some schools in Laos.  We received a proposal, which estimates it will cost $5000 to fix up the middle school in Done Noone village.  I was wondering if you could help us out by spreading words about our program.   

We would like to see the Laotians overseas help out the Laotians in Laos.  I just recently got back from Laos.  I was there to represent Educate Laos and donated over 400 books to the National University of Laos.  I hope that you are able to help us out.  Thank you for your time.

If you are interested in this program and would like to make a contribution, or would like to get further information regarding this matter please contact Anousone

Who is the world’s first female Prime Minister?

Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female Prime Minister of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1960.


Do you recognise these beautiful faces in these pictures? These are cast of friends. A group of local friends, Canadians and Australians and got together in Virginia during Multi Cultural Festival 2000.


Did you know who is the founder of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party?

The founder of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party is Mr. Kaysone Phomvihane


Who is the Lan Xang’s only female Ruler?

Kaew Phimpha. Only to be deposed by her own Ministers after a few months on the throne.


Lee Kuan Yew is the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore.   He single-handedly turned Singapore into one of the smartest, richest and cleanest country in the world.

He is socialist, anti-colonial and a supporter of Parliamentary democracy.   He graduated from University of Cambridge, England.


Jiang Zemin is the only Chinese leader who has an university degree, a soviet trained engineer.

Joke 1

New students were being briefed on university rules. "Female residences are out of bounds to males as are the male residences to female students," they were informed.  "Anyone caught breaking this rule will be fined $10 for their first offend, $25 for their second and $60 for the third.  Are there any questions?"

"Yes," a student called out.  "How much for a season pass?"

Joke 2

Why are lawyers buried twice as deep when they die than other people?  Because deep down, they really are good people.

Joke 3

Thomas had been a compulsive worrier for years until he found a way to overcome the problem.  His friends noticed the change.  "What happened?" Asked Doug.  "You don't seemed to be worried about anything these days."

"I hired a professional worrier for $1000 a week," Tom replied.  " Since then, I haven't had a single qualm."

" A thousand a week!" exclaimed Doug.  " How are you ever going to pay him?"

"That's his problem," said Tom.

Joke 4

George heard a ghostly voice one night say, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money and go to Las Vegas."  He ignored the voice every night for a month, but finally did as the voice instructed.

As soon as he got off the plane the voice said, " Go to the roulette table."   When he got there, the voice said, " Put all your money on 17."   George obeyed the command.  The croupier spun the wheel.  The ball landed on 18.  The ghostly voice said, "Damn!"


The former Royal Palace in Laung Prabang,

  • is now the museum,

  • built by a French architect


"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world."  Arthur Schopenhauer

"It is not strength, but the art obtains the prize

And to be swift is less than to be wise."  Alexander Pope

"He who doubts from what he sees

Will ne'er believe do what you please.

If the sun and moon should doubt,

They'd immediately go out."  William Blake

"No endeavour is in vain

Its reward is in the doing,

And the rapture of pursuing

Is the prize the vanquished gain."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Our remedies oft within ourselves do lie

Which we ascribe to heaven."  William Shakespeare

Flag of Laos

Lao flag

National Anthem of Lao PDR

The Lao nation and its every member have always cherished but one dream:

To unit their efforts, harden their will and become as one.

We shall go forward confidently, glorify our land with our deeds.

We shall be masters in the country where all the people are equal.

We shall frustrate all schemes of imperialists and traitors.

All the Laotians shall do their best to build up their country's independence and freedom,

To work persistently to win and to guide the nation to prosperity.

To read Lao version of the anthem, refer to lyric page

Would you like to know that?

The most watch sport in Australia is Australian Football League (AFL) ( locally known as Aussie Rule).  You can visit their official site at http://www.afl.com.au.  .

Did you know?

Fa Ngum was the first King of Laos(14th century), known as Kingdom of Lane Xang. Sri Savang Vatthana is the Last King of Laos (1975), Kingdom of Laos.


The current President of Laos PDR is Mr. Khamtay Siphandone and Prime Minister is Mr. Sisavath Keobounphanh

    Eddie  Bayluangrath

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