A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts  of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts  of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters
A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters
Tom Fawthrop
Opinion

Opinion

Tom Fawthrop

Why Thailand should step in to halt the Luang Prabang dam project

  • Thailand does not need the power from the Lao dam and, to honour its Unesco commitments, can help pull the plug in the Thai developer’s project
  • As a World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is a cultural asset that belongs to the world and deserves protection, even if its own government won’t

A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts  of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts  of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters
A local villager drives a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, on the outskirts of Luang Prabang province, Laos, on February 5 last year. Photo: Reuters
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Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop

Tom Fawthrop, an author and filmmaker, has been based in Asia for more than 30 years. He has been a contributor to various media including The Economist, Guardian and SCMP. He has also directed the documentary “Killing the Mekong, Dam by Dam”.