Many are refusing to move to a government-assigned relocation zone, calling the land unsuitable for farming.
The two countries recently extended cooperation on border issues, including drug running.
A businessman from Luang Prabang province buys the prime minister’s BMW for U.S. $160,000.
While working in Thailand, they had posted criticisms of Lao human rights abuses on Facebook, leading to their arrest.
The move was part of a crackdown that saw dozens arrested.