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Sunday, 23 March, 2008, 12:00am

HANDS ACROSS THE RIVER

LOOK out Laos, the ugly American tourist is back. And this time, American money may prove more effective than its bombs.

At the height of the Vietnam War, US planes flew non-stop over Nong Khai, a northern Thai town on the Laotian border, from their base in Udon Thani, Thailand.

24 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Letting life flow by beside the Mekong

CAUCASIANS swapped travel anecdotes over beer and army personnel laughed with coy attendants, their cheeks reddened by Mekong whisky. We were on the overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai, in Thailand's northeast province.

21 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Naps come first

BANGKOK: The Laotian fondness for midday naps has impeded the establishment of the first 24-hour crossing on the Thai-Laotian border. The governor of Thailand's Nong Khai province said he was ready to open the border town of Tha Sadet to around-the-clock traffic, but Laotian immigration officials insisted on napping from 11 am to 2 pm.

14 Jan 1993 - 12:00am