Laos: General Information

General Information

Country studies
It is the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. Information about history, society, environment, economy, government, politics, and national security can be found.

Embassy of the United States in Laos
This is an official website of the embassy of the United States in Laos. It contains information related to programs and events, scholarships, services to the US citizens, and visa.

Laos Embassy to US
This is an official website of the Laos PDR embassy in Washington D.C. It provides online facts of the country, traveling information, and law of Laos PDR.

Lao flag and anthem by the World Statement 
This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Laos.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Laos Maps
This is the website of The University of Texas at Austin. It contains various maps of Laos such as country maps, city maps, thematic maps, regional maps, detailed maps, and historical maps.

The world Fact Book about Laos-CIA 
This site provides facts about geography, people, government, economy and statistic information.

 

E-Journals

Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal, University of Hawaii
This website provides online journal articles about law and policy study in Asia-Pacific regions. Browse the journal or type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

Journal of Asian Studies
This is a website of the Journal of Asian Studies. It covers a range of research topics about Asia, and some articles are free for download.

Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
This website provides reviews of socio-political topics related to Laos and Southeast Asia. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

 

Government Institutions

Lao PDR Trade Portal
This website is intended to assist all those passing through border checkpoints of the Lao P.D.R. We hope that by knowing the facts before you cross our borders, you will save time, avoid committing criminal offenses, and help customs go about their job of protecting our borders from illegal activities.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
"Site Map" link does not work. Other information regarding ministry of foreign affairs can be accessed from the home page, including MFA structure, decrees, statement of H.E. and diplomatic relations. There are also links to diplomatic missions, both in Laos and abroad, consulate generals, and international organizations in Lao PDR.

Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Website contains links to business directories, market prices, Lao trade news, Trade statistics, legistation, and organizational charts regarding Lao PDR. Some of the pages are scarce and some are not available.

Ministry of Planning and Investment
Comprehensive website regarding investment and information opportunities in the Lao PDR.

 

Language

Lao Language, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This site provides Lao language courses and studying materials.

Lao Romanization (the Library of Congress)
This site gives basic explanation about the Lao writing system and a romanization of Lao scripts.

Lao Writing System by Omniglot
This site contains scripts in the Lao writing system.

SEAlang Projects
Established in 2005, The SEAlang Library provides language reference materials for Southeast Asia, especially the non-roman script languages used throughout the mainland (Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam).

 

    History, Culture and Religion

    Art of Southeast Asia
    This website contains information about the arts and culture of Southeast Asia especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Lao, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
    This website contains online articles and information about the art, culture, language, literature and folklore of Laos.

    Maicome, the art of authentic Lao silk
    This website provides an overview of silk products and craft works of Laos.

     

    Political and Social Issues

    Human Rights Watch
    This website contains news, reports, and publications related to human rights in Laos.

     

    News

    BBC-Special reports about Laos
    This is a special news report of the BBC about Laos.

    Laos Daily
    This website provides both local and international news in English.

    Lao News Agency
    This is a local news agency of Lao PDR. Its publication covers politic, socio-economic issues in Laos. (in Lao, English and French)

    Pasaxon Newspaper
    This is an online Lao newspaper based in Vientiane.

    Vientiane Mai Newspaper
    This is an online daily newspaper in Lao.

    Vientiane Times
    This is an online English newspaper in Laos. It covers daily information about the government and socio-economic development of Lao PDR.

    Vientiane Times.com
    This is a daily online news report, in English and French.

     

    Radio

    Lao National Radio
    This is online radio broadcasting by the Lao National Radio from Vientiane.

    Radio France Internationale
    This is an online broadcasting of the Radio France Internationale, a special program in Lao.

    Radio Free Asia
    This is an online broadcasting of Radio Free Asia, a special program in Lao.

    Voice of America
    This is an online radio broadcasting of the Voice of America, a special program in Lao.

     

    Digital Collections

    Banking Industry in Southeast Asia Web Archive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is an ongoing collection started in spring of 2017 highlighting the government, autonomous or semi-government, and a selection of the largest banks in the region.  Many of these banks produce a significant number of publications in PDF format making the information difficult to collect comprehensively in print format.  This will help researchers understand the banking landscape in the region.

    Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts
    The Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts makes images of over 12,000 texts from throughout Laos easily accessible for study. Collaborating institutions are the National Library of Laos, the University of Passau, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

    Hamilton Library’s Asia Digital collection (University of Hawaii)
    This site contains a digital collection of old Lao photographs.

    Joel M. Halpern Laotian Slice Collection, University of Wisconsin Digital Collection
    This website contains a digital collection of 3004 photographs from Laos and 202 from the Philippines. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link or browse the collection by its category.

    SEAsite, Southeast Asia Picture Database (Northern Illinois University)
    This site provides a collection of photograph of Laos.

    Southeast Asia Vision Collection (Cornell University Library)
    This site provides full download of old texts and rare book collectiond about Laos and Southeast Asia. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

    The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
    This is a project by the Yale University for a collection of war documents in the Indochina-Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

    The Digital Library of the Commons
    This site provides full download of articles about Laos and Southeast Asia. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

     

    Research Institutions

    Asia Foundation for Laos
    This is a website of the Asia Foundation, specifically for Laos. It contains information of the Asia Foundation’s projects related to economic reform, land management, law and justice, and governance.

    Asian Development Bank (ADB), Laos
    This website contains reports and development projects of the Asian Development Bank in Laos.

    Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN)
    This websites contains information about Lao government activities with other ASEAN countries and region.

    Center for Southeast Asian Studies, (Northern Illinois University)
    This website contains photograph collection and research papers about Laos and Southeast Asia.

    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Southeast Asia 
    CSIS is an organization that provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. This website provides information regarding programs of CSIS in Southeast Asia, interviews, publications, events, and news.

    Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and EAST Asia (ERIA)
    ERIA is an international organization that supports the ASEAN Secretariat by making policy recommendations at regional governmental meetings. This website contains the information about the latest news, activities, research and publications.

    Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
    This site contains peer-reviewed academic publications in Hmong Studies and Southeast Asian American Studies.

    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-ISEAS, Singapore
    This website contains research articles and working papers about Laos and other Southeast Asia countries. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

    International Institute of Asian Studies-IIAS, Netherlands
    This site contains free newsletter about Laos and other country in Asia.

    International Monetary Fund, in Laos
    This website provides online working papers and reports of the IMF in Laos.

    Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
    This is a website of Center University of Hong Kong. It contains information about seminar and courses of studies about East and Southeast Studies. It provides free-download publications and working papers related to Lao and countries in Asia and other related topic for Southeast Asian studies.

    St. Claud State University, Department of Ethnic Studies
    This website contains course syllabus, lecture notes and resources for studies and researches about Laos, Hmong and Southeast Asia. Available download resources are listed in each course link.

    The Hmong Studies Resource Center
    This site provides documents, video clips, publication and collection of data census about Hmong, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    The Mekong River Commission
    This website contains information and reports about the development projects for countries sharing the Mekong River-Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

    The Southeast Asia Community Resource Center
    This website is created by Lao and Southeast Asian refugees living in Sacramento, USA. It contains online handbooks, comparative narratives, and resources for ESL. (click ‘Resources Online’ and choose sub-links)

    The World Bank, Laos
    This is the World Bank website, specifically for projects in Laos. It contains data and statistic, publications, reports and updated news about the World Bank projects in Laos.

    United Nations in Lao PDR
    This website contains information and publications of UN programs in Laos.

    USAID in Laos
    This website provides information regarding programs of USAID in Laos. The programs focus on providing assistance to improve the quality of medical services for victims of the unexploded ordinance that remains from the Indochina conflict more than 30 years ago, improving health system and education quality, and improving economic growth (trade reform and environment).

    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    This site provides online research articles about the socio-political issues of Laos and other countries in the world. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

     

    Travel Information

    Ecotourism in Laos
    This website provides online information about traveling and guides for a protection of environment and nature.

    Lonely Planet, Laos
    The information of tourist attractions and traveling guides in Laos can be found in this site.

     

    Miscellaneous

    Bibliography: Laos
    Reference documents related to Laos compiled by the Library of Congress can be found in this site.

    Lao Connection.com, the US Library of Congress
    This websites provides socio-political and cultural overviews of Laos. Click on fields of interests for further reading.

    Laos Research Guides
    Compiled by University Libraries (University of Washington), this site provides reference documents related to Laos.

    National Bureau of Asian Research
    The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.

    Southeast Asia Women Studies Bibliography
    This website provides reference documents related to research on women studies in Southeast Asia, compiled by the University of California at Berkeley.