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  1. travellers' checks

    Posted Jun 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... the 'Viengxay story'. The Pak Ou caves (right) are in the Viengxay district in Houaphanh, in the northeast of Laos, the country's poorest province, where 40 per cent of the population survives on less than US$1 a day. Tourism is being heralded as a vital tool in the fight against poverty. Pata and the Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA) aim to develop the caves as a 'world ...

  2. Rest assured

    Posted Oct 24th 2010, 12:00am by Tim Pile

    ... was beckoning me nearer. 'How long are you in Laos for?' he asked in fluent English, much to my surprise. As I replied, I noticed the thick volume on his lap didn't contain Buddhists ... there are no unsightly concrete and stainless-steel structures on the drawing board. Not much gets done in a hurry in northern Laos. With a pace of life as sluggish as the muddy Mekong, and snoozing evidently ...

  3. Battle against communism never ended for ex-CIA secret warrior

    Posted Jun 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode General Vang Pao is a creature of the CIA's secret war in Laos, one of the more intriguing aspects of the cold war in Indochina. And while other veterans have retired ... was trained as an officer by French forces, fighting communist Viet Minh guerillas from Vietnam and their Pathet Lao proteges. Charismatic and dogmatic, within three years he was commanding ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Trust key to burying regional suspicions and building success

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia Correspondent in Ho Chi Minh City The need for mutual trust surfaced repeatedly during the summit of Mekong region leaders that ended in Laos on Monday - and its ... river. There is Myanmar's military junta and Thailand's constitutional monarchy, a fledging, troubled democracy in Cambodia and the Communist Party-ruled nations of Laos, Vietnam ...

  6. Current affair

    Posted Sep 17th 2008, 12:00am by Penny Watson

    ... It's the lifeblood of Laos, but more dams could choke the mighty Mekong. Penny Watson suggests you take a slow boat before it's too late The vessel taking us down the Mekong ... to the north, on the border of Thailand and Laos. And my only mission is to arrive in the beautiful city of Luang Prabang through its most picturesque gateway. The Mekong is the world's 11th ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. A quiet revolution

    Posted Jan 27th 2008, 12:00am by Keane Shum

    ... Travellers have long avoided war-scarred Laos. Now, tired of the rest of Southeast Asia, tourists are beginning to savour the laid-back attractions of the sleepy nation. Could this become the next Thailand? Keane Shum hopes not. As Southeast Asia is an escape from Hong Kong, so Laos is an escape from the rest of Southeast Asia. There are no touts pestering tourists on the streets, ...

  9. As time goes by

    Posted Feb 19th 2006, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... Laos may have the dubious honour of being one of the most heavily bombed areas on Earth, but the residents of sleepy Luang Prabang seem oblivious to the nation's troubled past. Annemarie Evans reports. The black, beady eyes of pacing fighting cocks peer from round wicker cages by the Nam Khan River. Shrieks of laughter carry to the roadside as Lao teenagers cool off ...

  10. Beijing's power to win friends and influence people

    Posted Jan 15th 2008, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... concentrated their economic assistance on Myanmar and Laos, and on Cambodia, reached through Laos. They are the poorest countries in the region. Beijing has lent Vietnam large sums for railways, hydropower projects and shipbuilding yards. Compared with its influence in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, however, the CRS report says 'China's influence in Vietnam is relatively ...




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