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Thailand and Laos have opportunity to work closer together in order to capitalise on their joint attractions that line the mighty river

On a squeaky bicycle, a lean woman spins her way leisurely down the streets of Thakhek, a Lao town by the Mekong River. From the attire and Vietnamese-style conical hat she’s wearing, it’s likely she’s of different descent from many she shares the road with. Lao women, in contrast, tend to wear the pha sin traditional long skirts, even when riding motorcycles.

On the other side of the roadway stands a row of old, yet brightly coloured, two-storied shophouses glowing in the warm rays of the late afternoon sun. The facades of some of the buildings, however, were…

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