The Mekong River in Chiang Khan district, Thailand. (Image: Engdao Wichitpunya / Alamy)

Thailand Under Pressure to Thwart Laos, China’s Sanakham Dam Project

Opponents say a refusal to buy power from the dam could stymie its progress saving the Mekong’s ecosystem
Six Burmese nationals were caught Sept. 8 trying to sneak into Thailand.

Thailand’s Closed Borders Fueling Crisis in Neighboring Countries

Thailand’s closed borders are not only causing misery for Thais dependent upon tourism, they’re fueling a crisis in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar,...
The Sadao border crossing with Malaysia.

Sadao Border Crossing Closed Until Sept. 25

Thais in Malaysia hoping to return home will have to find another route after the Sadao border crossing was closed for two...
Low water in the Mekong River stretches through Thailand and into Vietnam.

Time Running Out for Mighty Mekong

The scarcity of water in the river is causing an ecological disaster in Southeast Asia — and China is the culprit
YouGov Survey Chart on Testing in ASEAN-2

Thais Most-Likely to Have Been Tested for Covid-19 in SE Asia...

6,000+ interviews also find Thais going out more than anyone except Vietnamese.
The Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project where a dam failed in Laos in 2018.

Laos Slides Closer to Puppet State as China Grab Control of...

Analysis: UCA News' Luke Hunt says years of reckless spending and a Chinese debt trap have left Thailand's neighbor on thin ice
Michael Sebastian (center) has been indicted in the US on three counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places and three counts of sex trafficking involving children

American Indicted in U.S. For Laos Child-Sex Trafficking

English teacher accused of using educational charity in Luang Prabang as a front to sexually abuse children
Mekong River Commission – Joint Project on Flood and Drought Management

Facebook to Send Flood, Drought Alerts to Lower Mekong Communities

Residents and local governments along the Lower Mekong can now get flood alerts and drought-monitoring information through Facebook under a new partnership...
Seven-Eleven convenience store chain to make Laos debut in 2022

Thailand’s 7-Eleven Empire to Expand to Laos

Franchiser CP All set to start steamrolling country's 65,000 mom-and-pop corner stores in 2022.
Thai army patrols the Myanmar border in the north to catch illegal migrants after hundreds of Covid-19 cases were reported in August.

Actions Speaking Louder Than Words About Reopening Thailand’s Borders

As tourism officials blather on about long-stay visitors, army locking down borders tighter than ever amid Burmese outbreak.
A military patrol searches for illegal migrants on the border with Cambodia.

Thailand Battens Down Myanmar Border As Coronavirus Surges in Rakhine

Health officials in areas bordering Myanmar have been ordered to watch out for illegal migrants as the coronavirus spreads in the neighboring...
Law Freedom Missing Activists Thaialnd

Nowhere Is Safe: SE Asia’s Strongmen Conspiring to Disappear Activists

Commentary: Even when they escape their own countries, pro-democracy activists often pay with their lives writes James Lovelock
Masks and social distancing are few and far to be seen every night at Bangkok's Artbox on Sukhumvit Road.

Thailand’s 2nd Wave is Coming: Vietnam Proves It

Obvious parallels of open economy, waning mask use, more domestic tourism and rising illegal immigration make new Thai outbreak a matter of when, not if.
Dead Chinese Laos 1

Trigger-Happy Laotian Cops Kill 5 Chinese, Grab 1.3 Billion Kip

Just another day in the Golden Triangle as Chinese casino gamblers die in hail of gunfir
Thirty-five deported Myanmar migrants arrive back in Myawaddy, Karen State on June 8

Thailand Scrambling to Explain Away Covid-19 Infections in 23 Deported Burmese...

19 were reported as being infected in the South, but what about the 4 others?
Thailand researchers testing coronavirus vaccine

New Evidence Casts Doubts on Accuracy of Thailand’s Official Coronavirus Statistics

Deported Burmese migrants test positive for Covid-19 after returning from Thailand.
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) Immigration VIP Fast-Track Service and Visa On Arrival

Cambodia Blows Hole in Tourism Industry with $3,000+ in Coronavirus Fees,...

With its neighbors closing borders or imposing long quarantines and high insurance prerequisites to enter, Cambodia had put itself in ripe position...
Use of coronavirus facemasks in southeast asia

Thais most fanatical about facemasks, hand gel in SE Asia

In what won’t be a shock to anyone wandering through Bangkok, Thais wear facemasks and use hand sanitizer more than any other...
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