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Aluna Thavonsouk

Lao pop princess Aluna Thavonsouk is one of the most recognizable faces in her country not just for beauty but for her unique musical style, whose songs draw upon older techniques and often includes traditional Lao instruments.

Ms. Thavonsouk's humble attitude – she is also the general manager of her family’s hotel business in Vang Vieng – is uncommon for a musician of her stature, but her tirelessness has paid off ever since she began creating music back in 2002. To date, she has performed in in Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles, and she has toured in Japan, China, Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia.

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Her self-titled albums "Aluna" (2005) and "Aluna Part II" (2008) produced many number-one singles on regional radio charts and her hit “Khaum HouSuek Bork” earned her the award for Best Pop Song at the first annual Lao Music Awards in July 2008. Even "The Today Show" recognized this 33-year-old artist as one of the preeminent talents of Laos' burgeoning pop music scene.

She excelled in her studies and received a scholarship to study at an Australian university. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and returned to Laos to work at Thavonsouk Resort, her family’s business in Vang Vieng.

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