Laos: Selected Links

General Information

  • The world Fact Book about Laos-CIA 
    This site provides facts about geography, people, government, economy and statistic information.
  • Lao flag and anthem by the World Statement 
    This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Laos.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Government Institutions

  • 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.
  • 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.



    History, Culture and Religion

    Political and Social Issues

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


    • 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
      This is a daily online news report, in English and French.
    • Laos Daily
      This website provides both local and international news in English.
    • BBC-Special reports about Laos
      This is a special news report of the BBC about Laos.


    • 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

    Research Institutions

    • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Laos
      This website contains reports and development projects of the Asian Development Bank in Laos.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
      This site contains peer-reviewed academic publications in Hmong Studies and Southeast Asian American Studies.

    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.


    • Lao, the US Library of Congress
      This websites provides socio-political and cultural overviews of Laos. Click on fields of interests for further reading.
    • 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.
    • Laos Bibliography
      Compiled by University Libraries (University of Washington), this site provides reference documents related to Laos.
    • Bibliography: Laos
      Reference documents related to Laos compiled by the Library of Congress can be found in this site.
    • 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.