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China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

  – CHIANG RAI – Thirty million people depend for a living on the Mekong, the great Asian river that runs through Southeast Asia from its origins in the snowfields of Tibet to its end in the delta region of Vietnam, where it fertilizes one of the world’s richest agricultural areas. It’s the greatest freshwater […]

September 29th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Death by Dam for the Mekong River

– A woman is shown watching boats pass the Pak Beng pier on the Mekong River in northern Laos  PAK BENG – The sleepy town of Pak Beng, Laos, best known as a stopover for slow boats connecting the Laos-Thailand border to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, will be transformed later this year […]

September 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thailand’s Social Development Ministry Offers Free Course for Thai Women Who Marry Foreigners

– AYUTTHAYA – Thailand’s Social Development Ministry is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when moving abroad. As Thai society becomes more accepting of interracial marriages, some women view them as a way to […]

August 30th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,Lifestyles | Read More »

Meditation for Creative Writing Course Coming to Chiang Rai in October

– CHIANG RAI – Getting in touch with your intuition is a powerful way to become more creative, get new ideas flowing, and find ways to express your thoughts and your voice. Coming to Chiang Rai this October is Soul Writing, a creative writing course that takes a different approach  to access your inner voice, […]

August 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,Health | Read More »

Sign up for the 2nd Thailand Cycling Tour Challenge in Chiang Rai

– CHIANG RAI – Get on your bike for the 2nd Thailand Cycling Tour Challenge in the fabulous countryside of Chiang Rai. More and more Thai and international sports enthusiasts are getting on their bikes to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Thailand has to offer. The Cycling Tour Challenge is a series of […]

August 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,Sports | Read More »

Chiang Rai’s Doi Tung Development Project Creates Pottery for Ikea Stores in Europe

– CHIANG RAI – Craftsmen are hard at work in a factory at the foot of Doi Tung mountain in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, part of Asia’s so-called Golden Triangle where opium used to be the main trade. The craftsmen are working on a new ceramic collection to be sold at Ikea stores in Europe […]

July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thailand Cracking Down on Backpackers Begging for Money

– BANGKOK – Thailand is cracking down on “beg-packers” — shameless Western backpackers begging for travel money on the streets of Southeast Asia. According to reports, visitors entering Thailand may be required to show immigration officials they have 20,000 baht ($748) in cash on them before being allowed into the country. Thaivisa, an online forum […]

July 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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