Update is a monthly magazine held in the National Library of Australia’s Asian Collections. It is claimed to be the most popular magazine in Laos at the moment, especially in Vientiane and the larger towns. It covers all sorts of subjects with Lao and English pararell texts. Surprisingly, given the cover, this particular issue contains a special report on the Lao PDR National Assembly and the new government (here and here).


Culture (Watthanatham) is another popular magazine in Laos. Subjects range from Lao traditional clothes, beauty contests, topical issues, and “newly discovered” tourist destinations. It also has Lao and English pararell text. It contains some translations from popular columns in Western magazines.


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