Mekong states band together to tackle drug scourge

MEKONG RIVER • The Lao People’s Army patrol boat was custom- made in China with night-vision capability and two of the most powerful engines on a remote stretch of the Mekong River. Today, like most days, it sits idle for lack of petrol, guarded by a single Laotian soldier in flip-flops. Even occasional patrols by […]

Laos-Myanmar bridge set to open

Laos and Myanmar have set May as the date for the opening of the first bridge over the Mekong River that links the two countries. Xaysongkham Manotham, the project manager, told the Vientiane Times that the opening date had been moved forward from August after the US$26 million (848 million baht) bridge is completed in […]