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The plan is to build Qinzhou into a key port for trade not only with Vietnam, but also other countries in Southeast Asia. The Chinese ... With the new corridor, cargo can be shipped from Chongqing to Singapore within seven days, while the current route via the Yangtze River can take up to five times longer.
Across the region, Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver. Thailand's Maya Bay will be off limits for four months from June to ...

Thailand may be famous for its tropical isles and aquamarine seas, but select rivers and canals in the country's core offer opportunities for some ... for centuries, the river powered Bangkok's evolution from a small settlement in the 1400s, to the nation's capital in 1782 and to one of Southeast Asia's dominant ...
There is little doubt that the character of the river, Southeast Asia's largest, is under intense stress. The main aim of this week's meeting, ... China has been willing to help fund those ambitions, as it believes that it will help to further its interests across greater South-East Asia.” One major issue is the so-called ...
During the monsoon months, Tonle Sap expands as if inhaling, fed by a Mekong River so engorged with water that it changes direction. When that happens, the lake — the largest in Southeast Asia — can spread to five times its size compared to the dry season, enriching the soil of surrounding farmland ...
Villagers have rallied against the feared impact of the Pak Beng dam on both sides of the huge river. "Local communities sent a letter to EGAT questioning its power-purchasing agreement," said Piaporn Detees, the Thailand campaign director for International Rivers, a global environmental group.

By the mid-2000s, Vang Vieng was one of the booze and drug capitals of Southeast Asia, peaking in debauchery in about 2011, when backpacker deaths from drunken and drug-addled antics on the Nam Song River reached a reported 27. The government then stepped in, closing most bars, and things ...
No longer a spectator sport for tourists of a certain age, river cruising can be an immersive, active form of travel — an ideal way to explore Southeast Asia's Mekong River in Cambodia. After breakfast, we tendered to the closest shore and watched our ship vanish upriver. Untethered and independent, we ...
YANGON/MANILA – It was business as usual around some of Southeast Asia's filthiest rivers on Tuesday, the eve of the International Day of Action for Rivers, despite ... Rivers are also a crucial part of the lives of millions of poor Filipinos; informal settlers in the Philippine capital city, Manila, who live along the river resort to ...
A search party found the victim unconscious at the edge of a river a short time later, authorities said. “[When] they opened his clothes they saw a gaping wound on his neck,” the Riau conservation agency said in a statement. Human-animal conflicts are common across the vast Indonesian archipelago, ...
TAFT, Eastern Samar -- The local government here offers tourism activities along the town's major river once polluted by mining operations two ... Another attraction is the cave in San Pablo village, believed to be the longest underwater cave in Southeast Asia and the more accessible Maysuwa Cave in San ...
Leaving the fleet are the company's 138-passenger non-suite ships: Avalon Affinity; Avalon Felicity and Avalon Luminary. The move decreases capacity in Europe for the short-term, but the line is still growing in 2018, adding a suite ship on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia -- Avalon Saigon -- in the fall.
Morton, professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State, adds, "The Mekong River and adjacent lands are where the poorest people in Southeast Asia live. Average annual income is less than $200. They make their living from floodplain and riverbank agriculture and fishing. Laos is a ...
A good taste of Southeast Asia is offered in a 21-day/17-night small-group tour offered by Odysseys Unlimited. Southeast Asia Odyssey visits Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, with departure dates in October and November. Among highlights of this tour are two days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to give ...
Along the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers in Southeast Asia, we amplify the voices of women who speak eloquently of all that's lost when a river is developed without their input. On the Salween River, in Myanmar, we hear from women living at the nexus of ethnic conflict and development, and who are ...
Lucky for us folks in this part of the world, there are a number of extraordinary pools a few hours' flight away in Southeast Asia. ... Standing on the edge of a valley near a village north of Ubud facing the Ayung River and an ancient temple, this stunning property is also home to one of the world's most ...
As rapid economic development fuels rising demand for electricity in Southeast Asia, hydropower from the Mekong River offers a promising source of energy. Development had been slow due to strong opposition from local residents concerned about harm to fisheries. Europe and the U.S. have held back ...

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently opened Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, the brand's second resort in Southeast Asia and its first to include tented villas. ... Each has oversized balconies with mountain and river vistas and have ethnic patterns dedicated to a specific Laotian hill tribe. Sense, A ...
LONDON/ISLAMABAD/DHAKA, March 14 (Reuters) - Vitol is targeting Southeast Asia's booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets to boost sales and ... For example, Trafigura and Gunvor have struggled to progress their small FSRU projects meant to supply fertiliser producers on the Karnaphuli river ...
Researchers backed by multi-million dollar grants from NASA are heading to Southeast Asia's Mekong River region to find ways to improve dams so they ... The MSU researchers will analyze how dams impact the flow of rivers, local agriculture, fisheries, irrigations systems and wetland ecosystems, said Qi.
Low and lean, the Aqua Mekong - one of two ships belonging to Aqua Expeditions, a cruise line launched a decade ago on the Amazon River - was custom-built for this specific waterway in Southeast Asia. The vessel features just 20 cabins, each with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that reveal every second of ...
In towns and villages all along the Mekong River and many other rivers around the country, banks undermined by dredging are collapsing into the water, taking with them farm fields, fish ponds, shops, and homes. In recent years, thousands of acres of rice farms have been lost, and at least 1,200 families ...
Closed Loop Ocean is looking to facilitate investments in waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia. ... could be crucial, as a report from June last year showed just 20 rivers around the world contribute 67% of plastic pollution that comes from inland populations, largely in Southeast Asia.
Recent study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that hydropower in the Mekong River Basin, largest river in Southeast Asia, might not always be climate friendly. The median greenhouse gas (GHG) emission of hydropower was estimated to be 26 kg CO2e/MWh over 100-year lifetime, which ...
Escape the craziness of the city streets by setting sail up The Mekong, a mighty river that starts in China before flowing through Tibet, Myanmar and Cambodia before draining into the South China Sea just south of Ho Chi Minh City. While you won't hear too many car horns, you will still be enthralled with ...
Under consideration are a Mekong River bridge linked to the railway and a commercial port that would allow sizable ships to dock at the town's lush and languid riverside. "Luang Prabang is so beautiful," says Paul Chambers, a political scientist specializing in Southeast Asia. "But the authenticity of ...
What shocks in Southeast Asia is not the fact that people want to make a living out of their land. It is the brutality of the systematic destruction of majestic mountains and hills, of mighty rivers, lakes, shores as well as the irreversibility of the changes that come with cutting down almost all native rainforest, ...
Minilateralism is by no means new to the world or to South-east Asia. Within the region, though the bigger institutions within the Asean-led framework tend to get the most attention, there have been minilateral institutions emerging as well over the decades. These include the Mekong River Commission in ...
In his commentary, the writer says water woes loom in South and Southeast Asia as China pursues development initiatives. ... by the State Council in 2002 involves the diversion of rivers from the surplus South, mainly from the longest river, Yangtze, to water insecure and parched lands of the North.
The Mekong should be on everyone's travel bucket list, and your first glimpse of it - through the stilts of a floating village or between the trunks of a coconut palm forest - stays with you forever. Its journey from China to Vietnam is as wild as you'd expect, winding through tight jungle and rice fields as it passes ...
The diversity of Southeast Asia and a more tolerant culture have made the region an attractive destination for property buyers. From a rich .... Binh Quoi Thanh Da Eco Township is planned to accommodate up to 30,000 residents and will be connected with Ho Chi Minh City by bridges over the Saigon River.
BANGKOK -- Boonchai Bach's world of impunity crumbled this month in Nakhon Phanom, the provincial town in northeast Thailand near the border with Laos from where he and his older brother, Bach Van Limh, allegedly used as a logistics and financial hub for Southeast Asia's massive illegal wildlife ...
It warned that this could result in lahars flowing into waterways and called on officials to move residents near rivers to higher ground. An explosion of the 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon in August 2006 did not directly kill anyone but four months later, a typhoon unleashed an avalanche of volcanic mud from ...
Some 800 children have been sickened by a measles and malnutrition outbreak in Indonesia's remote Papua province, officials said on Thursday, with as many as 100 other people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed. The latest figures mark an escalation of a health crisis first made public in ...
By day, Nguyen Thi Hoa sold conical hats on the streets of Hue in southern Vietnam. By night, she funnelled secrets to Communist army handlers who were poised to launch an audacious assault on the city that would reshape the Vietnam war. Hoa was part of the Perfume River squad, a top secret female ...
Thailand's navy has seized 11 million meth pills from traffickers crossing from Laos via the Mekong River, a record bust from a communist state that is ... stamp indicating they were made by the drug labs of the Wa ethnic group, which pumps out most of Southeast Asia's meth from lawless border zones of ...
The Saigon River Tunnel will be closed to late night traffic this weekend and next to allow construction to take place on a road to a new residential area. Managers of the tunnel, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia that connects Districts 1 and 2, said it will be closed between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. from ...
This is valid for all new 2018 bookings made by March 3, 2018 and include both its river cruises through Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as oceangoing cruises aboard the brand-new Scenic Eclipse, which will debut this summer. On select itineraries, guests can take advantage of increased savings; ...
Thai police are checking dozens of Bangkok mega-brothels to see if they are illegally siphoning off groundwater for “soapy massages” offered to clients that may be contributing to the gradual sinking of the capital. The crackdown was launched after a trafficking raid on “Victoria Secret” massage parlour ...
It has also provided a P3.6-billion ($700 million) grant for the construction of two Pasig River bridges and drug rehabilitation centres in Mindanao. But here's the caveat: Like Laos and Cambodia, the Philippines could become beholden to Beijing, preventing the exercise of a truly independent foreign policy.
Mr. Gauntt returned to Vietnam in 2013 on a cruise of Southeast Asia he took with his wife. ... taken to Hanoi, mostly by walking but once on a river boat and twice in trucks with canvas-covered beds, called “deuces” by the military because they weight two tons but most folks think of them as “Army trucks.”
It is indeed fascinating to learn about India's glorious past and how much South-east Asia's history has been shaped by the country (India's deep but forgotten roots in South-east Asia; Jan 13). However, as ... The Buddha also said that bathing in holy rivers would not purify oneself spiritually. Buddhism is a ...
Only about 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins survive in the 4,350-kilometer (2,700-mile) Mekong River, according to WWF-Cambodia, but that's still the largest subpopulation of the species. Four other discrete groups live in river systems throughout South and Southeast Asia. Recent surveys by WWF have shown ...
FILE - In this June 20, 2016, file photo, a fishing boat passes near a construction site of the Don Sahong dam, near Cambodia-Laos borders, in Preah Romkel village, Stung Treng province, northeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Mekong River Commission, an organization that groups together Laos, ...
For example, China has erected eight giant dams on the Mekong just before the river enters Southeast Asia, and is building or planning another 20. Armed ... Similar unilateralism by China has fostered increasing water-related tensions with India, many of whose important rivers originate in Tibet. In 2017, in ...
China and five Southeast Asian countries have set goals for developing the Mekong River area, but experts wonder if the group can succeed. Leaders of the five countries met ... Maureen Harris is Southeast Asia director for International Rivers, an environmental group. She said communities in Thailand ...
For years, territorial disputes in the South China Sea have dominated Southeast Asia's security agenda. ... The conflict is not too dissimilar from aquatic squabbles between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile River in Africa and between Turkey and Iraq over the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in West Asia.
The rhesus macaques are an invasive species native to Southeast Asia. ... The manager of the park's glass-bottom boat operation released the monkeys to an island in the Silver River, not knowing the monkeys can swim. ... Humans feeding the monkeys is a common activity along the Silver River. Monkeys ...
Leaders of nations along Southeast Asia's Mekong River met Wednesday in Cambodia's capital amid a push by China to build more dams that are altering the water flow and raising environmental concerns. The meeting was chaired by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, ...
Students from Assam hold hands by the Brahmaputra river during a protest against the contamination of the river in Guwahati on December 11, 2017. ... to United Nations figures, is greater than the collective trans-boundary flows of the three key rivers running from the Tibetan Plateau to Southeast Asia ...


 

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