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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 »

Making Thailand a Safer Haven for Children

. . Child slavery, especially in the form of child sex tourism, is a slowly unfolding disaster. Thailand’s resort town of Pattaya has more expat paedophiles than anywhere in the world, both abusing children and producing pornography. Unfortunately, various efforts made to combat sexual exploitation of children in Thailand are made in isolation. To better […]

December 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Environmentalists Sound Alarms as Laos Plans Destroy Three Lower Mekong Inlets

. . CHIANG RAI – Environmentalists, led by Chirasak Inthayot, coordinator of the Hong Hien Mekong River Network, have expressed grave concerns over an alleged plan by Laos to remove three islets on the Mekong River. The Hong Hien Mekong River Network petitioned Chiang Rai’s Marine Department asking it to look into the matter as […]

December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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