Vietnam helps Laos prepare for UNESCO recognition of national reserve

A working group of Vietnamese cultural heritage experts has been established by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to support Laos in compiling a dossier seeking UNESCO recognition of Hin Namno National Reserve as a World Natural Heritage Site. The reserve is located in Khammouane province, some 150km from Thakhek town in the southeast region of the country. Covering […]

Last Mekong River bridge completed on China-Laos Railway

The Ban Ladhan Mekong River Super Major Bridge has completed its main section closure over the Mekong River, marking the end of major engineering work along the China-Laos Railway, a major Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project. The new railway will run from Lao‘s capital city of Vientiane to the border city of Boten, where […]

World Bank approves $20M to fight virus in Kingdom

The World Bank has approved $20 million for Cambodia’s Covid-19 response and its strategic plan to combat the virus. “The project will help Cambodia meet the targets set out in its Covid-19 master plan, which includes strengthening disease prevention activities, rapid detection, and preparedness and response,” said the bank’s press release issued April 3. In […]

ASEAN ministers to fight COVID-19 together

ASEAN economic ministers yesterday completed the second working day of the ASEAN Economic Ministers Caucus Meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Retreat by released a joint statement in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The Ministers, who gathered in series working sessions in Đà Nẵng on March […]

Battambang airport to reopen for tourists?

The Ministry of Tourism has called for the reopening of Battambang Airport, citing the province’s untapped potential as a tourist attraction. Speaking at a recent summit, tourism minister Thong Khon said the ministry has initiated some important initiatives with the aim of facilitating and encouraging tourism flow around the country. “Among others, Battambang Airport should […]

Vietnam approves MOU on establishing China-Asean Centre

The Vietnamese government issued a resolution to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on establishing the China-Asean Centre signed in 2017, Vietnam News Agency has reported. In August 2017, the foreign minister of China, and foreign ministers or their representatives of 10 Asean member states signed the amended version of the MOU in Manila, Philippines, […]

Yangon airport handled 6.5 million passengers in 2019

Yangon Aerodrome Company (YACL), the airport management company of Yangon International Airport (YIA), announced that the main aviation gateway of Myanmar closed 2019 with a record high of 6.5 million passenger movements, lifted by new routes across Asia. Air passenger movements in 2019 are the highest since YACL took over YIA operations in 2015, rising […]

Myanmar plans Bagan-Lumbini direct flights for Buddhist pilgrims

Aviation authorities are planning to run direct flights between Bagan and Lumbini for Buddhist pilgrims in Myanmar, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. “We are trying to arrange a pilgrimage from Angkor Wat, Bagan, Lumbini, Gaya, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka to Shwe Dagon Pagoda. “We learnt that an […]

Billions invested in Thailand rail system connecting Asia

Connecting Thailand with China and Singapore by rail, expanding a domestic network in the system also connecting tourism destination and easing air pollution is a gigantic project in progress at this time. The Thai government has committed to spending more than US$21 billion to expand Bangkok’s rail transit, extend train lines, and build high-speed rails […]

Kingdom benefits from Thai QR payments

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) says it will expand QR cross-border payments with Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia, beginning from the middle of this year. BOT Assistant Governor for payment systems policy and financial technology Siritida Panomwonna Ayudhya was quoted by Thai newspaper The Nation as saying that each Thai bank has developed regional interoperability for […]