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Thailand Will Lose More than it Gains by Blowing up Rapids in the Mekong River

. . CHIANG RAI –  A senior researcher for Thailand’s Development Research Institute (TDRI), Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu reports, Thailand stands to lose more than it gains from its decision to join China in blowing up rapids in the Mekong River to ease the passage of large shipping vessels. In an interview with the Bangkok Post Ms.Rattanakhamfu […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thailand’s Military Government Ignoring the Risks on the Mekong River to Appease China

. . CHIANG RAI – The Prayut Chan-o-cha Government made an out-of-the-blue decision that paves the way for the demolition of the Mekong River’s rocky outcrops for the sake of “improved waterway navigation” near Chang Saen, Chiang Rai. Thailand’s Military installed governments backing of China’s blasting plan of the Mekong River inlet in Chiang Rai […]

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thai Military Government Approves Plan for Blasting Mekong River Rapids in Chiang Rai

. . CHIANG RAI – Ferry captain Chalin Cheableam drives his ferry up the river to the Khon Phee Lhong rapids on the Mekong River in Chiang Rai. He has navigated boats on the Mekong River since he was a teenager and has many stories to tell about the the geography of the river and […]

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

China Pushes to Remove Rocky Outcrops from Mekong Near Chiang Saen District

. . CHIANG RAI – The Mekong River, known in China as the Lancang River, runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam over a total distance of 4,880km. China is pushing to use the river to ship goods from its southern province of Yunnan to Luang Prabang in Laos, a distance of 890km. […]

January 10th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Myanmar Farmers Trying to Turn Away from Heroin Poppy Crops

. . KAYAH STATE, Myanmar – At a remote farm about two hours away from Koikaw, capital of the northern Kayah State of Myanmar, farmers scrape out raw opium from the poppies they’ve grown. They are part of an illicit drug trade in the Mekong’s Golden Triangle region, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand make up the […]

January 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Winning Big in Northern Thailand’s Rhinoceros Beetle Matches

CHIANG RAI – Every year in northern Thailand, groups of men gather to take part in a unique activity: beetle fighting. Some men come to fight beetles and gamble, while others come simply to meet and socialise with friends. The fights are organized once a year and offer a break from the daily routine in […]

December 29th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,Lifestyles | Read More »

The Last Thai Executioner – An Emotional Movie, Well Worth Watching

. BANGKOK – Thai cinema certainly has come a long way, as production values have soared considerably over the years. As a result, quite a few Thai movies have earned kudos and accolades on the international film festival circuit, not to mention a slew of prestigious prizes. But hardly any other local feature film before […]

December 5th, 2016 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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