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  1. Youngsters' story has happy ending

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Tibor Krausz

    ... in northern Laos, dozens of village children perched, like birds on a wire, on the local elementary school's cinderblock balustrade. Other students sat in areas of shade- their heads bowed ... But for youngsters in the small landlocked nation of Laos, one of the world's poorest, storybooks for children have been almost nonexistent until recently. Apart from dog-eared old textbooks in village ...

  2. Sino-Laos-Thai rail project still expected to go ahead

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to a multibillion-dollar high-speed railway aimed at linking China, Laos and Thailand, but the setback is unlikely to prevent the project from becoming a reality. 'The project has been stagnant for the last ... near Laos will be run by a joint venture to be set up by the Thai and Chinese governments. The line is part of five high-speed rail lines in Thailand proposed by China, which will have a total ...

  3. Sinohydro in US$2b deal to build dams in Laos

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is the first time a Chinese company has gained the development rights to an entire river in Laos,' it said. The seven dams will have a total installed capacity of 1,156 megawatts and generate 5 billion kilowatt-hours per year, Sinohydro said. The electricity will be sold to Laos' state electricity company. '[The hydroelectric plants] will not only supply electricity to Laos ...

  4. High stakes as Laos turns to casinos

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Triangle Special Economic Zone. Built with Chinese money, and catering mainly to Chinese visitors, the SEZ at Tonphueng in Bokeo province bears little resemblance to the sleepy, impoverished Laos ... the glimpse of a Laotian immigration officer or policeman at the quayside, and a stamp in your passport, are among the few visible reminders that you are in Laos at all, in this enclave where ...

  5. Juliana Loh

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Juliana Loh Kui-fung works in the hotel industry, originally comes from Singapore and arrived in Hong Kong just four months ago after a four-year stint in Beijing. Loh is half Singaporean and half Javanese. Her interest in food was sparked from an early a ...

  6. Tourism sector cooks up a storm

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... offered cooking classes. Laos, and particularly Luang Prabang, is another destination attracting food aficionados. The new Alila Luang Prabang hotel has the Katoke Cooking School on its premises. ... asking to learn how to cook Lao food. When Alila Luang Prabang was designed, a dedicated cooking school was incorporated in the kitchen design.' Van Zyl says 10 to 15 per cent of guests take ...

  7. Lime Thai Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen

    Posted Apr 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Susan Jung Shop 1, Level 1, SoHo 38, 38 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels Tel: 2179 5779 Open: Tuesday-Saturday noon-midnight (Friday and Saturday until 2am) Cuisine: Thai Price: about HK$260 without drinks and the service charge. Ambience: the small room is a c ...

  8. Signs of promise

    Posted Sep 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Victoria Burrows The meetings industry is small in Laos, but it is growing. The country's economy continues to boom, and the number of foreign visitors is increasing rapidly, from 80,000 in 1990 to 1.876 million last year, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. While the ancient capital of Luang Prabang in northern Laos has been the major draw for foreign ...

  9. Lifting the spirits

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Victoria Burrows Sitting in the garden of our boutique hotel, nibbling on strips of sesame-sprinkled sun-dried water buffalo and sipping chilled lao lao sours- a tart blend of fresh lime, ... Luang Prabang, the royal capital of the former Kingdom of Laos. Ahead, a cool shower and wardrobe change before dinner in one of the city's fusion restaurants or colonial-style cafes. Laos ...

  10. Turning the tide

    Posted Jun 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Duncan Forgan The early morning mist casts a gloomy pall over our boat as our group pulls away from Cua Dai pier, near Hoi An. We are on our way to the Cu Lao Cham archipelago, a part ... from my patch of China Beach, the Cu Lao Cham islands loomed large- a vision of mountainous jungle-clad paradise pouring down towards the crystalline ocean, offering no indication of how ...




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