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April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Twenty years ago, Asia Transpacific Journeys started a tour to Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia under the unifying theme Passage to Indochina. The trip has become the company's most popular small-group tour. "We pioneered this combination of activities when these countries were just opening their borders," Marilyn Downing Staff, founder and president of Asia Transpacific, says in a statement. The Passage to Indochina trip takes 17 days to explore the region.
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January 16, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
"The Rocket" winds through the mountains of northern Laos, the contemporary drama carrying a touch of fable and a powerful sense of place. Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), the 10-year-old at the center of the movie, makes an appealing rooting interest, not only because he's sparky and resourceful but also because he challenges the superstitious antipathy of his grandmother, who believes he's cursed. Displaced from their village by a dam project - after viewing a heartlessly chipper corporate video on the wonders of relocation - Ahlo and his family find themselves in a barren field of tents.
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NEWS
March 3, 2012
Martin Voet and his partner, Thea Cohen, traveled to Southeast Asia last fall with a group of UC Berkeley alumni. In northern Laos, he spotted this boy sitting with an elderly monk at a temple along the banks of the Mekong River. The contrast between the monk's expressive, weathered face and the young boy's calm look caught Voet's attention. The Mission Viejo resident used a Nikon D7000. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
WORLD
December 21, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Behind the wheel of her car, Ng Shui Meng last saw her husband in the jeep behind her, following her home for dinner on a Saturday night, she told human rights groups. She lost sight of him somewhere near a police outpost. She came home. He did not. The sudden disappearance of Lao activist Sombath Somphone, 60, has stirred fears for his fate. A grainy video of the Vientiane street where Sombath was last seen shows him being stopped and ultimately taken away, fueling suspicions that the government seized him. But while Laos is the sort of country where something like that might happen, human rights groups say, it is unclear why it would happen to Sombath.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990
"Air America" is an addlebrained aerial comedy that sets out to malign the reputations of the former pilots, and crews, of the real Air America, a CIA proprietary cargo hauling airline that flew missions, often under combat conditions, in Laos during the protracted Indochina conflict. Cockburn's article charges, by dredging up a book written 18 years ago, that Air America was involved in transporting opium out of Laos for distribution in the United States. Moreover, he claims to be the sole keeper of the "truth" brave enough to expose Air America's purported involvement in drug-running to the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1994
Re "U.S. Fliers Believed Held by Laos at Vietnam War's End," Jan. 2: Laos was subjected to four years (1965-69) of intensive bombing by American warplanes while representatives of the U.S. government officially denied that it was happening. That policy of denial has constituted one of the difficulties in finding those American crew members who managed to survive the destruction of their aircraft, or even to acquire reliable information about them. (If the U.S. was not bombing Laos, how could there be American airmen there?
TRAVEL
May 28, 2006
BILL CASEY wound up in Laos because it was on his way to Cambodia, part of a four-month journey through Asia in late 2005. "I was just hypnotized by the people on motorbikes -- three, four, five or even six people sometimes," said Casey, a video engineer from Hermosa Beach. He captured this trio on its dangerous journey with his Nikon D70 in Vientiane, the capital city.
SCIENCE
May 14, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair has turned out be a previously unknown species that represents a new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Wednesday. The kha-nyou, as local people call it, was seen by scientists in a market in central Laos. Based on morphological differences in the skull and bone structure, coupled with DNA analysis, researchers estimated the animal diverged from other rodents millions of years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Kim Mordaunt's Laos-set tale “The Rocket” continued its stratospheric ride through the festival universe Saturday, picking up the audience award in the narrative category at the Tribeca Film Festival after previously garnering several other prizes. On the documentary side, "Bridegroom," Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's character-driven examination of gay rights and  the same-sex marriage issue, won the audience's nonfiction award. Mordaunt's largely Lao-language “Rocket” focuses on a 10-year-old boy in Laos' tribal mountains who hopes both to build a rocket and find a new home for his family.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in Laos and documentaries about U.S. war crimes and a town in the grip of a debilitating drug addiction were among the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival's jury prizes Thursday night. "The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Nearly four decades after the Vietnam War ended, an effort is underway in Congress to open up national cemeteries to Hmong soldiers who fought in the CIA-backed secret war in Laos.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has introduced legislation to give 6,900 former Hmong fighters living in the United States the right to be buried in national cemeteries. The effort comes after the military denied permission for Gen. Vang Pao, a Hmong leader who died in California in 2011 , to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery because he and the soldiers who fought under him and helped the U.S. did not directly serve in the American military.  He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
WORLD
December 21, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Behind the wheel of her car, Ng Shui Meng last saw her husband in the jeep behind her, following her home for dinner on a Saturday night, she told human rights groups. She lost sight of him somewhere near a police outpost. She came home. He did not. The sudden disappearance of Lao activist Sombath Somphone, 60, has stirred fears for his fate. A grainy video of the Vientiane street where Sombath was last seen shows him being stopped and ultimately taken away, fueling suspicions that the government seized him. But while Laos is the sort of country where something like that might happen, human rights groups say, it is unclear why it would happen to Sombath.
TRAVEL
July 8, 2012
LAOS Slide show Pierre Odier will discuss the remote ethnic villages of northwestern Laos and the Taialue, Kamu Lue, Akah, Hmong and Black Tai peoples. When, where : 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CLIMBING Presentation Isabel Suppe will discuss her book "Starry Night," which tells the tale of her survival in the Bolivian Andes after falling 1,100 feet off an ice face.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Twenty years ago, Asia Transpacific Journeys started a tour to Vietnam , Laos and Cambodia under the unifying theme Passage to Indochina. The trip has become the company's most popular small-group tour. "We pioneered this combination of activities when these countries were just opening their borders," Marilyn Downing Staff, founder and president of Asia Transpacific, says in a statement. The Passage to Indochina trip takes 17 days to explore the region.
NEWS
April 16, 1989 | From Reuters
More than 700,000 people in the southern rice bowl provinces of Laos face severe food shortages because of late rains and a poor harvest, a western aid official said last week.
NEWS
February 15, 1985
A joint U.S.-Laotian search team excavating the site of a 1972 American military plane crash in southern Laos has found remains believed to be those of missing U.S. servicemen, an American military officer said in Bangkok, Thailand. The discovery was made soon after the excavation work began Monday about 24 miles northeast of Pakse in southern Laos, the officer said. U.S.
NEWS
March 3, 2012
Martin Voet and his partner, Thea Cohen, traveled to Southeast Asia last fall with a group of UC Berkeley alumni. In northern Laos, he spotted this boy sitting with an elderly monk at a temple along the banks of the Mekong River. The contrast between the monk's expressive, weathered face and the young boy's calm look caught Voet's attention. The Mission Viejo resident used a Nikon D7000. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
FOOD
February 2, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Recently my best childhood friend treated me to a creekside birthday dinner at beautiful Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. We both had the Thai green chicken curry, and it was absolutely incredible. I tried an online recipe that was good but just didn't reach the level of excellence that Novo's creation did. I would love to have the privilege of getting that recipe if possible! Julie Simonsgaard Thousand Oaks Dear Julie: Novo was happy to share its recipe for this wonderfully rich and flavorful soup-like curry, which it serves with rice and chapatis on the side.
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