2,400-MW Son La Hydro Project Starts Generating Power in Vietnam

Southeast Asia’s largest hydroelectric power station has begun operating to help ease an electricity shortage in fast-growing Vietnam, news agencies reported. The first of six turbines at the Son La hydropower station has been connected to the national power grid, said the director of the plant’s management board. The US$2 billion, 2,400-MW plant is expected […]

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Swiss shower maker chooses Thailand

Switzerland-based shower maker Nikles has chosen Thailand for its Asia-Pacific headquarters and global manufacturing centre. The new production facility, worth an undisclosed amount, will be operational in 2012 to serve demand in Asia as well as Brazil and Europe, said Stefan Nikles, a vice-president and the head of the Asia-Pacific region. “We chose Thailand as […]

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3rd Thai-lao Friendship Bridge Expected To Be Opened Next Year

The construction of the third Thai-Lao friendship bridge over the Mekong River which is progressing significantly is expected to be opened in November next year, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Veera Ruangsuksriwong, director-general of Thailand’s Highways Department, said that the 3rd Thai-Lao friendship bridge that will link the Thai province of Nakhon Phanom and the […]

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High-speed rail link moves a step closer

China-Thailand deal agreed in principle Thailand and China have agreed in principle on a 250-billion-baht joint investment in a high-speed rail project linking Nong Khai in the Northeast with Bangkok and continuing to the southern border town of Padang Besar, a total distance of 1,500 kilometres. The target speed of the rail project is 200-250km/h, […]

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China urges Thailand to get on track with Malaysia-Laos link

Suthep hopes project will be finished by 2015 China is pushing Thailand to give its quick approval for an Asian railway project linking the Lao border in the northeast with Malaysia in the south. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said yesterday after returning from China that the government hoped to complete the Thai section of […]

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Luang Prabang's laid-back aura is perfect for chilling out – just ask Mick Jagger

by Mayo Martin SO THERE I was at a nightclub called Muang Swa. A live band was well into an all-Thai pop rock set. And the locals were, well, I had no idea what they were doing. It seemed to be a cross between some traditional folk dance and a barn dance. Welcome to Luang […]

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Luang Prabang’s laid-back aura is perfect for chilling out – just ask Mick Jagger

by Mayo Martin SO THERE I was at a nightclub called Muang Swa. A live band was well into an all-Thai pop rock set. And the locals were, well, I had no idea what they were doing. It seemed to be a cross between some traditional folk dance and a barn dance. Welcome to Luang […]

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Laos inaugurates controversial hydropower dam

Laos on Thursday inaugurated its biggest hydropower plant, a controversial project hailed by supporters as vital to the impoverished nation’s development but long opposed by environmentalists. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the move ushered in “a new era” for growth, development and poverty reduction in the communist country, where the majority of people still […]

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