An interesting, but somewhat dated, BBC article regarding Laos.

To summarise:

  • Kaysone Phomvihane is the founding father of the Lao revolution, and leader since Laos became communist in 1975 until his death.
  • There’s an 8 million dollar museum built in his honour, but not that much material in it. Some of the photographs of him are used repeatedly in the display.
  • He features on all the currency notes of the kip. A guide desribed him by saying “this man, he is a very good man”, without going on to describe who he was or what he did.
  • When researching Kayson Phomvihane, few people could tell the reporter very much about him. While in Laos I haven’t heard very much about him either.