All posts tagged: Vientiane

Saving lives on the streets of Vientiane

“Saviors of the street”, they’re appropriately nicknamed. In the increasingly crowded capital of Vientiane, emergencies happen often and while Americans take just 10 minutes for granted, imagine having to wait an hour or more before help arrived. Vientiane Rescue Co-founder, Sebastien Perret, remembers the first time he witnessed a horrific accident in Vientiane that changed his life forever. “Although I used to be an EMT in France, I’ve never been confronted with such a bloodbath”, said Perret. After witnessing a motorbike with two men smashed against the pavement by a car who hit-and-run, they were left for dead on the road, with bystanders unresponsive by fear, despite being only 200 meters away from a hospital. That’s when Perret decided to start Vientiane Rescue, the only 24/7 free emergency service in the capital. Vientiane Rescue responds to an estimated 19 accidents daily. From the last public report in 2013, Laos tracked that there were around 1,000 accidents with over 900 deaths that year. That’s from registered vehicles alone, without any figures from the hospitals on injuries and unreported …

These beautiful past vs. present photos of Vientiane landmarks will make you nostalgic

The world is slowly taking notice of a growing group of young Lao artists, designers, filmmakers, and photographers in Vientiane capital. And so should we. At the age of 12 in Luang Prabang, Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo already knew he was in love with art. But he didn’t know what to do with a couple of rolls of Kodak film and a nice camera at the time. After losing those rolls of film to light exposure, he paused his passion. It wasn’t until he was almost done with high school that the Lao education system forced him to rethink the typical path most youth were supposed to take. Go to a good school. Get a good job. Live a good and successful life. “When I was free from formal schooling, I spent most of my time on the Internet, messing around and looking things up. That’s how I learned a lot of things school didn’t teach me.” Born and raised in a middle-class Vientiane family, Thanavorakit moved back home to pursue his love of photography. After a …