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TRAT, 1 August 2014 (NNT) – The Trat Tourism Council is planning to connect a tourism route by sea between Pattaya and Trat islands before expanding the route to connect with more locations in the future. Chakapat Tawaetikul, the president of the Trat Tourism Council, chaired a meeting of the committee to develop a marine tourism route. The meeting was attended by both public and private sectors to share their ideas on the topic. As there are many Thai and foreign tourists who love to sail, the relevant authorities set up a special area comprising Pattaya, Koh Chang islands and Trat islands. It also has a plan to connect the Trat islands to the neighboring sea. However, the connection with neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam requires more discussion since it must handle immigration issues.

Single visa policy discussed for Cambodia,Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam


ientiane Times

Asia News Network

Tourism ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met recently in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss a plan to introduce a single visa policy for tourists entering the five nations.

The proposed move aims to boost tourist arrivals in these countries, whose combined international arrivals in 2012 saw 18-per-cent growth to reach 37 million. The ministers met at the ACMECS conference on the sidelines of the 9th International Travel Expo, which ran from September 12 to 14. Cambodia and Thailand launched a pilot scheme in January that allows tourists who obtain a visa to enter Thailand to also enter Cambodia.


Five Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, are targeting a double-digit growth rate of international visitors annually by 2015 under the theme “Five Countries One Destination”, according to Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

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Myanmar vessel caught smuggling fuel into Vietnam

The Yong Win 18 of Myanmar was caught illegally selling diesel oil to a Vietnamese boat near an estuary in Nam Dinh Province August 27
The Yong Win 18 of Myanmar was caught illegally selling diesel oil to a Vietnamese boat near an estuary in Nam Dinh Province August 27

Coast guards in the northern province of Nam Dinh seized a Myanmarese vessel Tuesday for smuggling diesel oil into Vietnam.

The patrolling coast guards approached two suspicious-looking vessels some 21 nautical miles southeast of the Ninh Co estuary.

Upon raiding the boats, they found crew members transferring diesel oil to a Vietnamese boat.

All crew members were taken to Hai Thinh Port for questioning, while the ship’s oil was seized.

The boats’ crew members confessed to being involved in the illegal oil trade.

The Vietnamese boat with seven crew members was about to buy more than 5,000 tons of diesel oil from the Yong Win 18.n addition to the Myanmarese ship’s captain, there were 16 sailors – 14 Burmese and two Chinese – onboard.The case is being investigated further.



MON STATE GOVERNMENT planning to construct a deep seaport to connect Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,MYANMAR


Another Myanmar port mulled

Plans are afoot to build a big deepwater port at Kalargote in southern Myanmar’s Mon state. The local government is conducting a feasibility study on the port  that would handle bulk and container cargoes. Its strategic location would mean shippers from Thailand and Laos could conceivably use it too.  The news comes as plenty of other ports are on the drawing board in Myanmar with both India and China courting the up-and-coming nation while Thailand is pushing ahead with the Dawei megaport project


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Mon state government in southern Myanmar is planning to construct a deep seaport to connect Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar according to regional officials.
“If we can implement the project, it will be the western deep seaport of the east and west great business platform. The project can be extended to Thailand and Laos and reached to Darnam harbour, Vietnam. It will be 1,450 kilometres long,” said Toe Toe Aung, Municipal Affairs Minister for Mon State.

The deep seaport is Kalargote deep seaport located in Yay, Mon state. It will be 4.8 kilometres wide between the beach and coastline and aims to load between 40,000 and 50,000 tons of goods.
Industrial zones, local production industries, factories and hotel zones can expand if the project is implemented, the minister added.
The Mon government expects that the economy of the state will increase to 10 percent in the next five years due to new infrastructure projects. At present, the government is generating more electricity in the state and plans to new power stations between 2014 and 2016.

A joint venture of a Chinese company and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) is taking ground survey to construct a five million tons oil refinery in Kalargote deep seaport project, according to Naing Lawi Aung, Minister for Electric Power and Industry of Mon State.

If the refinery is finished, Myanmar will import crude oil from Middle East to refine like Shwe natural gas project, the minister said.

“Although the deep sea port project is studied by many international companies, currently MEC and a Chinese company are conducting a ground test survey to construct an oil refinery,” the minister said.

Myanmar is implementing Dawei deep seaport project with Thailand and Kyauk Phyu deep seaport project with China.

The Kalargote deep seaport would be built between Mawlamyaing, the capital of Mon State and Yay. Myanmar also planned to construct Boke Pyin deep seaport project in Tanintaryi region.

The big international companies are not so interested in investment in Kalargote project though the plan is still underway.

NLD CENTRAL: အမ်ိဳးသားျပန္လည္သင့္ျမတ္ေရးဆုအား သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္ႏွင့္ အဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္ဥကၠဌ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္တို႔အားေပးအပ္ရန္ ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းႏွင့္ေဆြးေႏြး

ဟားဗတ္တကၠသိုလ္(Schlor)မ်ားျဖင့္ ဖြဲ႕စည္းတည္ေထာင္ထားသည့္ Tran Nhan Tong Academy မွကိုယ္စားလွယ္ Mr.Dam Duc Anh

သည္ ၁၀.၉.၂၀၁၂ရက္ေန႔တြင္ အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္ ဗဟိုညီလာခံက်င္းပေရးေကာ္မရွင္အတြင္းေရးမွဴး ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းအား လာေရာက္ေတြ႔ဆံုၿပီး Tran Nhan Tong Reconciliation
prize,2012အား သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္ႏွင့္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္တို႔အား ေပးအပ္မည့္အေၾကာင္း လာေရာက္ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့သည္။

Mr.Dam Duc Anh က ယခုေပးအပ္မည့္ဆုသည္ ႏိုဘယ္(လ္)ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးဆုႏွင့္ ကြာျခားေၾကာင္း၊ အမ်ိဳးသားျပန္လည္သင့္ျမတ္ေရးဆိုသည္မွာ တစ္ဦးတစ္ေယာက္တည္းလုပ္၍ မရႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း၊ ထို႔ေၾကာင့္ ဦးသိန္းစိန္ႏွင့္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္တို႔ႏွစ္ဦးအား အဆိုပါဆုကို ေပးအပ္ရန္ ဆံုးျဖတ္ခ်က္ခ်လိုက္ေၾကာင္း ရွင္းျပခဲ့သည္။

Tran Nhan Tong Reconciliationဆုေပးပြဲအခမ္းအနားကို စက္တင္ဘာ(၂၁)ရက္၊၂၀၁၂တြင္ အေမရိကန္ႏိုင္ငံ၊ မန္ဆာခ်ဴးဆက္ျပည္နယ္၊ ေဘာ့စတြန္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ အမွတ္ ၂၀, Quincy လမ္းရွိ Harvard Faculty Clubတြင္က်င္းပမည္ျဖစ္သည္။

Tran Nhan Tong Academy၏ အဓိကရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံတြင္းႏွင့္ႏိုင္ငံမ်ားၾကား ေစ့စပ္ညွိႏိႈင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ျခင္းျဖင့္ လူမႈဘ၀တိုးတက္ျမင့္မားေရးႏွင့္ကမၻာ့ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးကို အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္ႏိုင္ေစေရးျဖစ္သည္။

အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္ ဥကၠဌေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္မွ အဆိုပါဆုကို လက္ခံမည္၊ လက္မခံမည္ကို အတည္မျပဳေသးပါ။

Chiang Rai is a strategic location to curb drug trafficking.Myanmar, Vietnam get drugs blame

Chalerm says neighbours fuelling narcotics trade

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung blamed Myanmar and Vietnam yesterday for a massive influx of drugs flowing into the country.

His comments came after Wednesday’s seizure of 3.29 million methamphetamine pills with an estimated value of 1 billion baht in Nakhon Pathom’s Buddha Monthon district.

He said the methamphetamine production bases are in Myanmar while the precursor chemicals used to manufacture the drugs come from Vietnam.


Vietnam: Father Nguyen Van Ly Should Remain Free

Police Return Ailing Dissident Priest to Prison
JULY 26, 2011
Vietnam denies its people basic freedoms and unjustly imprisons peaceful activists like Father Ly.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch

(Bangkok) – Vietnam should immediately release the Roman Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was sent back to prison on July 25, 2011, to serve a sentence for political dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said he was returned to prison for “compiling, storing and distributing documents…opposing the Party and the State” and “inciting people to…stage demonstrations,” which the news agency claimed defied the law.

The activist priest, who suffered several serious strokes while serving an eight-year prison sentence, was granted temporary medical parole 16 months ago. With his return to prison, Ly must serve five more years behind bars followed by five years of probationary house arrest. Continue reading “Vietnam: Father Nguyen Van Ly Should Remain Free”

PRESS RELEASE: Save the Mekong Coalition Calls on ASEAN Leaders: Cancel the Xayaburi Dam

[6 May 2011]

As ASEAN leaders meet for the 18th ASEAN Summit inJakarta, Indonesia, the Save the Mekong coalition calls on ASEAN leaders to act immediately to cancel the Xayaburi Dam in Lao PDR. The call is made in close cooperation with the ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) 2011 held from 2-5 May, where 1,300 people have gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Save the Mekong coalition and its alliances have called on the Government of Lao PDR to immediately halt construction activity at the dam site and for the Government of Thailand to cancel its plans to purchase the dam’s electricity. This call has received strong support from many civil society organizations at the ACSC/APF 2011 who have also been demanding since 2009 that ASEAN adopt a Fourth Pillar on the Environment.

Two weeks ago, the inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) helda Special Joint Committee meeting to decide whether to approve theproposed Xayaburi Dam, located on the Mekong River’s mainstream in Northern Lao PDR. At the meeting, whilst Lao PDR proposed to proceed with the dam, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam called for an extension to the decision-making process citing concerns about transboundary impacts and knowledge gaps that require further study and public consultation. The four governments agreed to defer the decision to a future Ministerial-level meeting. Yet, the Save the Mekong coalition fears that the project is in fact continuing to move forward given a recent investigative report by the Bangkok Post on 17 April, which revealed that preliminary construction work had already started at the dam site and the process for further regional discussion remains unclear.

Joining a public hearing on Corporate Social Responsibility and ASEAN organized at the ACSC/APF 2011 on 2 May, Sodsai Sangsok of Thailand’s Northeastern Environmental Network stated to the public forum that “ASEAN’s Human Rights Mechanism should acknowledge the fact that the Xayaburi Dam is the main threat to the livelihoods of Mekong people, and take action upon it.”

Furthermore, at a forum at the ACSC/APF 2011 on the ASEAN experience ofprotecting rivers and people’s livelihoods, Nguy Thi Khanh, the Coordinator of the Vietnam Rivers Network stated “The Mekong mainstream should never be used as a test case for proving and improving large dam hydropower technologies. Rather, ASEAN should play a role in facilitating development partners to promote alternative solutions for the region’s water and energy needs, thus helping to ensure sustainable development and the prosperity of the region.”

Another key issue discussed at the ACSC/APF 2011 was the need to reviewnational power development plans and strategies, especially the proposedASEAN Power Grid. ACSC/APF 2011 participants suggested that the ASEAN Power Grid plan should focus on the sustainability of ASEAN states and ASEAN as a whole, rather than only serving the private sector’s benefit.

Many groups from around the Mekong region have called for the Xayaburi Dam to be cancelled and for ASEAN to play more of a role in resolving differences between Mekong countries. Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Save the Mekong Coalition Calls on ASEAN Leaders: Cancel the Xayaburi Dam”

ASEAN-Civil Society Calls : “Cancel Xayaburi Dam”

Sat, 07/05/2011 – 10:50 | by prachatai

Save the Mekong Coalition

On the occasion of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit from 7-8 May 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Save the Mekong coalition urgently calls on ASEAN, and the Lao PDR and Thai governments, to immediately halt construction work at the proposed Xayaburi dam site in northern Lao PDR, cancel plans to buy electricity, and to cancel this first dam proposed for the lower Mekong mainstream, which we believe will cause severe cross-boundary conflict among the ASEAN member countries, especially in the Mekong region.

On 19 April 2011, in a Special Joint Committee meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), government representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam agreed that a decision on the Xayaburi Dam should be deferred until Ministerial-level government representatives could meet. According to a press release from the MRC, whilst Lao PDR proposed to proceed with the dam, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam called for an extension to the decision-making process, citing concerns about transboundary impacts and knowledge gaps that require both further study and public consultation. Subsequently, at a meeting in Phnom Penh on 23rd April, the Prime Ministers of Vietnam and Cambodia jointly expressed concern about the Xayaburi Dam’s impacts, including on rice and fish production, and urged the Lao PDR and Thai governments to conduct further studies on the project’s downstream consequences. Continue reading “ASEAN-Civil Society Calls : “Cancel Xayaburi Dam””