Asean News

Dialogue on Pakbaeng Hydropower Project begins

CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, Thailand (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The first dialogue meeting of the Pakbaeng Hydropower Project on the Mekong River yesterday took place to further react with the recommendations raised by the Mekong River Commission in regards to the PNPCA process of the project.

FEATURE: A better way to take in Vientiane’s sights

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Residents of the capital have probably noticed two distinctive buses running on main roads offering sightseeing services around Vientiane’s iconic landmarks.

While tour buses overseas are often constructed without roofs, the local climate dictates that the Trolley Bus Tour of Laos is covered to protect passengers from rain and strong sunlight but the vehicles are windowless to let visitors take in the city’s sights and smells.

FEATURE: Unesco listing both a boon and bane for George Town, Penang

PENANG, Malaysia (The Straits Times/ANN) - Tourism has boomed since the city was named a heritage site in 2008, but locals lament the gentrification and rising costs.

PSA posts 9.8% growth in global container volumes

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Brisk business in Singapore and overseas boosts throughput to 74.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Port operator PSA International recorded a 9.8 per cent growth in the total number of containers it handled across the world last year, boosted by brisk business both in Singapore and overseas.

FEATURE: Singapore takes the hot seat: Steering Asean amid challenges

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - As Singapore becomes chairman of the grouping, it hopes to get members to share a common vision on terrorism, climate change and trade.

Singapore knows what it wants to push for as it takes over from the Philippines as chairman of Asean this year.

Asean has benefited all living in the region: PM Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - The grouping has brought growth and peace, PM Lee says at the launch of Singapore's Asean chairmanship.

On a cold and rainy day yesterday (Jan 12), warm food was particularly enticing.

FEATURE: Big names among slate of candidates in Indonesia polls


JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - A minister and popular mayor are set to contest in the regional elections, which is seen as a presidential poll curtain-raiser. 

Massage parlour raid hits human trafficking

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - 97 female workers from neighbouring countries found forced into sex trade.

Lao, Cambodian PMs highly value bilateral ties

Phnom Penh (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday said they highly valued the bilateral ties and cooperation between their two countries, when they met for talks in Phnom Penh.

Cave visit brings Lao folktale to life

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Luang Prabang is full of fascinating places to visit and a week’s holiday is not nearly long enough to see them all.