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Does the World Bank's "Success Story" on Dams Still Hold Water?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

As the World Bank again invests in large dam schemes with the promise of "sustainable hydropower," it has unfortunately failed to learn from its past mistakes.

Asia's Most Amazing Buddhas

Trippy | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel

From the bespectacled to the bubbly, the daunting to the daring, Asia's Buddhas are among its most extraordinary cultural, artistic, and of course, spiritual attractions. With this in mind, the members of travel website offer their favorite places to pay homage.

10 Exotic Places You Can Visit on $10 a Day or Less

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel

Off the beaten tourist path, visitors can immerse themselves in new destinations without spending a fortune. Before planning your next global trek, read on to find out how these travelers saved money while vacationing around the world.

The Best Way To Travel Through Asia? On A Scooter, Of Course

Clarissa Ferreira | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Clarissa Ferreira

When in Asia, do what the locals do: get on a motorbike and hit the road. Here are some suggestions of destinations you can hit up on your next vacation!

Thép Thavonsouk: Between Serenity and Light

Sabine Ludwig | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Sabine Ludwig

As a young boy of four Thép Thavonsouk began drawing and sketching. In the early 1950's his father travelled frequently to Paris. He would return to Laos with presents for his young son. One of the presents was a box of watercolour paints.

A Life Transformed in South East Asia

Don Mankin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Don Mankin

I stood at the window on the top floor of the skyscraper in the heart of Bangkok looking out at the chaos on the streets below. It was hot and smoggy, and it had taken us about two hours to travel just a few miles to get here.

Saola: Hunted, Trapped and Starved

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The author of this dramatic report is William deBuys, a prolific and important American writer. His latest of eight books, The Last Unicorn is an epitaph to the dying natural world in Laos. He tells his story by throwing light on a rare mammal known as the saola.

Why You Need To Get To Know Laotian Food

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 02.06.2015 | Taste

That Thai food you're eating might not actually be Thai at all.

Asia: 10 Lessons Learned with the Heart of a Photographer

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

My mind races. It is 5 a.m. and I have not fallen asleep. I am awake after traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to New York. It has been weeks that I have been touring Asia, with many lessons learned.

Fred Branfman, ¡Presente!

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

Fred Branfman, writer and peace activist, passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 72 in Budapest.

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

Five Amazing Places to Spend Christmas in South East Asia

Jacada Travel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel
Jacada Travel

South East Asia is the perfect place to spend a relaxed holiday away from everything that causes the blood to boil. If you need some inspiration as to where to stay, here are five of our favorite properties for a chill break in South East Asia.

The Rocket -- A Modern Fable

David Edmund Moody | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
David Edmund Moody

It may not be easy to imagine a modern fable, almost a fairy tale, set in post-war Laos, where unexploded bombs and grenades, courtesy of the American...

Official: Laos Plane Crashes With Defense Minister On Board

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE and JOCELYN GECKER | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — A military plane carrying senior Lao government officials crashed Saturday in a wooded area as it approached an airport in the countr...

5 Mind Hacks To Better Manage Your Attitude

Vee Somphon | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Vee Somphon

Looking back, I can better appreciate the incredible amount of grace my parents have shown. While it may not have mattered to me as a child, the complete lack of privacy and the inability to dictate their own comings and goings must have posed real challenges for my parents.

Unique Stories From Across The Globe

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 03.12.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peop...

3 Ways To Free Your Mind And Find Joy

Vee Somphon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Vee Somphon

There was a phrase I heard over and over in that refugee camp, and it was oht jhai. It has no literal English translation. The closest meaning would be: "This, too, shall pass." Laotians believe all circumstances are temporary, and if you have the patience to wait them out, you will turn a corner. Something better awaits. If not, that too shall pass.

A French-Asian Fusion in Luang Prabang, Laos (Video)

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel

Laos has drawn travelers looking for a more off-the-beaten-path adventure and cultural experience. At the center of this cultural exploration is Laos' unique approach to cuisine.

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

Thailand Journal: Southeast Asia's Switzerland

Francis Levy | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

When you consider the history of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, you wonder, what happened with Thailand? The Thais never were part of French In...

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.

Laos Plane Crash Probe Hones In On Black Box

AP | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

BANGKOK -- BANGKOK (AP) — Investigators in Laos say they have picked up underwater signals they believe are coming from the black box of a passenger...

Search For Victims Of Laos Crash Lacks Manpower, Equipment

AP | JERRY HARMER | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

PAKSE, Laos -- PAKSE, Laos (AP) — Exasperated officials in Laos said Friday they lack the equipment and manpower to locate the fuselage and more tha...

American Tourists Among 45 Killed In Laos Plane Crash

AP | JERRY HARMER | Posted 10.17.2013 | World

PAKSE, Laos -- PAKSE, Laos (AP) — Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River on Thursday as officials in Laos ruled out fin...

Plane Crashes In Mekong River, Dozens Reported Dead

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (Reuters) - A Lao Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong river in southern Laos on Wednesday, according to an airline official, in a...