Garbage, including dumped plastic products, piles up throughout the Mekong Delta region.
Leaders of the Mekong nations have raised concerns over the development of hydropower along the river system following the collapse of a major dam in Laos in July.
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most at-risk areas from the effects of climate change, posing challenges both for its environment and population in years to come. Photos credit: Luke Duggleby
Some conservationists, however, have now come to see tourism – and diving in particular – as the solution to the global coral-reef decline.
Over the past two years, Chinese investors appear to have invaded provinces in the North, such as Chiang Rai and Phayao, to grow Cavendish bananas after the practice was banned in Laos.
Kampot is one of Cambodia’s cultural jewels, but as George Styllis writes, a flood of Chinese gambling money is making residents of this small sleepy town nervous.
Why are Special Economic Zones so attractive to Vietnam’s government, despite proven shortcomings?
Though floods from the Lao dam collapse occured two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.