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FW: Maps of Laos

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Francis Herbert <[log in to unmask]>

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A forum for issues related to map & spatial data librarianship <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 5 Mar 2007 14:29:00 -0000

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Another helpful message from Brendan Whyte - this time on Laos mapping -
forwarded for your purchasing ideas.

Francis Herbert
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-----Original Message-----
From: Maps, Air Photo & Geospatial Systems Forum
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Subject: Maps of Laos


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Maps of Laos
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 09:48:28 +0000
From: obiwon five <[log in to unmask]>
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An update on official mapping of Laos.

Maps of Laos
The Lao government sells maps to the public at its Department/Institute
Geographique National office in Vientiane 200m NW of the Patuxay 'arc de
triomphe'.  Vehicle access if from the NWernmost road leading off the
Patuxay roundabout, take the first left after 25m and then first left
from that after 25m too. The dept is 200m away at the end of the lane,
on the left. Note that the office closes for lunch 11:30-1:30! Maps can
be bought for cash in Lao kip only. US$ and Thai baht are not accepted.
However, the office seems to sell Arcview data on a 1:100,000 sheet
basis for US$0.50 per theme, but I am not sure how easily this is
available to the public, or why they charge US$ for it and not kip!
Transactions are easy enough to conduct with no nknowledge of Lao or
Thai. Some staff speak some English, some speak some French.

Items sold include topographic maps compiled at 1:100,000 in the mid
1980s and from which the following series are derived:
[note: 9700kip = US$1]
1:1M, 5 sheets, 5000 kip each [i.e. ~US$2.50 for the set] 1:500k, 11
sheets, 6000 kip each [i.e. ~US$7] 1:200k,. 51 sheets, 6000 kip each
[i.e. ~US$33 for the set] 1:100k 186 sheets, 7000 kip each [i.e. ~US$133
for the set] there appear to be series at 50k, 25k and 10k but these
need letters of permission to buy. I was unable to determine whether
these cover all the country, or if not, which parts. All the maps are
bilingual in French/ and Lao. Sheets rigidly follow Soviet mapping sheet
lines/numbering, and detail stops at the Lao border, so that some sheets
have a tiny piece of Lao depicted on them in a corner, and are otherwise
blank. But given the prices, one can't be too critical! Where original
sheets have been sold out, colour xeroxes or plots are available at the
same price.

TPCs, JOGs and old US Army 1:50,000 topos may also be available here,
but I was unable to obtain any information despite samples being shown
on the wall display of available maps.

Other available items include
-"Lao Geographic Atlas", Lao National Geographic Dept., 2000, 2nd
edition, no ISBN, 24pp pb A4-sized colour thematic atlas in English.
50,000kip.
- a large political map of the world in Lao for 15,000 kip; a smaller
version is also available
- a map of Indochina, showing provinces towns and roads/rail in Laos,
Cambodia and Vietnam, in Lao, for 10,000 kip;
- a 3-sheet contoured 1:10,000 street/building plan of Vientiane for
8000kip/sheet. In Lao.
- large colour computer plotted street/building plans of cities: Luang
Prabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Thakek, 1:10k, 1 sheet each, US$20 each.
Vientiane at 1:20k for US$20/sheet, 1:10k and 1:5k for US$15/sheet.
These are multiple sheet sets. -a boxed globe, in Lao.


Brendan Whyte
Thailand

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