Establishing a model for the future development of islands throughout Asia that embraces sustainability as a core and sets urgent goals for long-term change.
The five cities comprise Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Chiang Tun in Myanmar’s Shan State, Chiang Rung in China’s Jinhong (Yunnan) and Chiang Thong in Laos’ Luang Prabang.
Could tourism be a better road forward for Laos now that its hydropower development schemes are increasingly being called into question?
Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen.
Community-based tourism is starting to become popular and the Mekong River plays an important role, but dam building could prove harmful to the sector.
None want to be here but none can afford to be anywhere else.
Chinese nationals already make up about 11 per cent of visitors to Laos. When the railway is finished, that figure is expected to rise dramatically, bringing challenges and opportunities for the country
Becoming a regional investment could only be realized if Myanmar manages to address major challenges businesses are facing in the nation, a banking expert has warned.
The tallest species of flying birds on earth, and Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap province used to be their top destination in the Mekong Delta.