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12-episode documentary “Ethnicity” to feature Mekong River civilization

The documentary series “Ethnicity” is a collaboration between Nakhon Phanom province, Sakon Nakhon province, and Mukdahan province. It aims to promote tourism in response to the government policy and encourage both Thai and foreign tourists to experience the wonders of Thailand. It will also enhance cultural ...

Cambodian Environmental Group Calls For End to Development on Phnom Penh’s Boeung Tamok Lake

Development on one of the last large lakes in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is impacting communities that rely on it for their livelihoods and causing significant flooding in the city as the result of runoff during heavy rains, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, calling for ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Towns set for Unesco’s Creative City Network

UNESCO representatives on Friday met with Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, marking the next step in the Kingdom’s efforts to add Battambang, Kampot and Kratie towns to the Creative City Network. Unesco representative to Cambodia Sardar Umar Alam led the delegation and discussed strengthening collaboration in ...

Khorn Savi

Dams destroy the Mekong and damage tourism

Every day thousands of tourists soak up life on the Mekong River, the seventh longest river in Asia.  They take cruises, stay at boutique hotels or tuck into a grand lunch at a riverside restaurant.  The river is the most compelling reason they travel to a ...

Don Ross

The tangled matrix that is Mekong Delta’s first heritage tree

A 150-year-old banyan tree in Can Tho City with scores of entangled aerial roots has a matrix-like appearance. The 10-meter tree at the Gian Gua relic site in Nhon Nghia Ward, Phong Dien District, survived the wars. Its canopy spreads around 3,000 square meters. The banyan is ...

Di Vy

Bagan deserves better

Foreign investors should distance themselves from hotel projects being developed around the ancient temples of Bagan in apparent violation of planning rules. It now seems likely that the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will approve Myanmar’s application to have Bagan ...

SPECIAL REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island

Suriyan “Hook” Kla-thalae, a 36-year-old Moken born on Koh Surin, keeps dreaming that he’ll get his community’s boat, known as a kabang, back out on the Andaman Sea.  But it remains anchored on shore on the island, which lies 60 kilometres off the Phang Nga coast, ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

Road to a better Cambodia: Increase local government funding

Despite decades of political stability and economic growth, the post-conflict Cambodia is still struggling to address extreme poverty, poor governance and the improvement of public services as the result of weak institutions and a bureaucracy in which state functions and resources are centralised and patronaged. Indeed, ...

Inaugural ASEAN Tourism Awards Japan Presented to Excellent Tours to the ASEAN Member States

he ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) has awarded eleven tour products in six categories for the trips with destinations to the ASEAN Member States (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) as winners of the ASEAN Tourism Awards Japan 2018. With the ...

Winter is coming: Nakhon Phanom residents thrill to the Mekong chill

Residents in downtown Nakhon Phanom are pulling on their winter clothes and flocking to riverside parks to enjoy an unseasonal cold snap. Temperatures beside the Mekong River in the northeastern province have plunged to a chilling 15 degrees Celsius, drawing out large numbers of local ...

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