- Nov 28, 2009
Oh that looked like a really good rige guys, i'd love to do on of them at some time.
Hundreds of years ago, the Phuthai people settled along the Banghiang River in Savannakhet Province in central Laos. For centuries, the Phouthai women have woven fabrics using natural dyes and fibres from the surrounding forests. Today, through Madam Songbandith, the Director of Thong Laha Sinh Company, these cotton fibres had brought to the peoples of the world under the Laha label. All the fabrics are handspun and woven from unique organically grown Lao cotton, using indigo and other natural dyes. Thong Laha Sinh draws a diverse clientele of people around the world, which interested in Preserve Environment and Natural dyed for healthy lifestyle. The “Eco-friendly” concept is the center of development projects. A part of our mission is to support the sustainable development of local people in the use of locally available raw materials while preserving their valuable traditional culture, also eradicating poverty. One project is the promotion of hand-woven textiles of the Phuthai ethic group, who have been living along the Xepon River in Savannakhet province, central Laos, for centuries.
An excellent thread showing how much development has occurred in past few years.Davidfl;267119 wrote: PAKXE
8th February 2011
It's all starting to get a lot easier & the sooner you head to the pristine 4000 Islands the better.(KPL) The opening of a 718-metre bridge across the Mekong River, linking Khong Island to the mainland of Champassak Province was officially opened for public use on November 23 to boost trade, investment, tourism, and to drive growth in the southern region.
The new bridge, which was largely funded by the Chinese government, will enable the inhabitants of the 10 villages on Khong Island (Khong district) to better connect with the mainland. They were previously only able to make the river crossing by ferry, which was time-consuming and inefficient.
Visitors to the island, which is a popular tourist spot, also had to catch a ferry, while boats transported all vehicles and supplies.
In his address at the opening ceremony, Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchan Sinthavong said that Chinese financial support has been significant for socio-economic development and the growth of trade and tourism in the south of Laos. The bridge will make travel to and from the island much easier, as well as the transport of goods, he added.
"It will significantly contribute to greater socio-economic development, trade, investment, and tourism in the southern region in particular and Laos as a whole,"he said. ?It will also improve local livelihoods."
Built at a cost of more than US$34.12 million (more than 273.9 billion kip), 95 percent of the financing was provided by a long-term, low interest loan from China?s Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank). The remaining 5 percent, amounting to US$1.7 million, was provided by the Lao government.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Governor of Champassak province Dr Bounthong Divixay also stressed the significance of the bridge in boosting development in the area.
He described China's support as 'valuable assistance'and thanked the government of China and Exim Bank for their contribution.
"This assistance is a tremendous contribution to infrastructure development. Slowly but surely it will help local communities to boost their income and improve their standard of living,"Dr Bounthong said. He pledged that Champassak would make good use of the bridge to drive development and attend to its maintenance so that it will be operational for many years to come.
Champassak considers the bridge to be a symbol of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Laos and China, the governor added.?The bridge, which is 11 metres wide, took 34 months to complete.
Among the guests at the function were Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan Huabing, and other officials from Laos and China.
Laha Sin Weaving Centre
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Thanks again Jerome for showing me around.
DON DET - VEUN KHAM - KHONEPHAPENG - PAKXE
3rd February 2011
with only 1 night on Don Det I was somewhat sad to be leaving I was that impressed with the island & scenery = I will have to go back.
So back to the mainland
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Once on the mainland it was down to Veun Kham to check on the Laos - Cambodian border crossing.
And what a contrast the scenery is
The new border checkpoint facilities being built
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photo above, the view looking south.
Looking back north to the asphalt & Pakxe
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The old & current Laos immigration border checkpoint "shed."
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swamped with backpackers & no doubt heading to Don Det. Lucky guys & gals!
The Mekong at Veun Kham
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Cambodia is on the other side.
10 kms north of the border crossing is the Khonephapeng falls: the biggest falls on the Mekong.
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A google earth view of what they look like in the wet season
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AND in the dry season
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the view downstream
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visit the falls, leave your luggage in the gift shop
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and hope that security does not nod off on the job.
Less than 3 kms north of the falls is a huge new Korean Golf Course & Resort
Even if you're not into golf, the resort location is stunning & worth checking out.
A restaurant balcony view
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The river, bright & clean
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a somewhat dark skinned Mekong river kid
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must be spending a bit of time in the great Mekong outdoors I reckon.
and here it is
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what a carefree life fishing the 'Khong like that everyday.
Lucky lung with the river kids
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note the boat sailing by in the background.
I'm not sure I want to live on the same planet as the money-hungry bastards that think up these blights on natural beauty.Looking for a spot to post the alarming news about the 4000 redevelopment project compliments of a 50 year lease by a Chinese company.
Another disneyland disaster in a pristine environment.
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The Sithandone Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Laos is starting construction of two major development projects after the completion of a land survey carried out by Zone officials and the government.
One of the developments is a grandiose hotel close to the Mekong River and the Khonphapheng Falls, built in the shape of two khaen and believed to be the tallest building in Laos.
The other is a warehouse, which is aimed at improving logistics in the area and fostering regional trade, according to the Zone’s Facebook page “Four Thousand Islands”.
The construction cost of the two projects has not been revealed, but they are part of the first phase of development of the Sithandone SEZ, which began in 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2025, with an estimated value of about US$600 million.
The 238.98 metre hotel is designed in the shape of two khaen (Laos’ iconic traditional pipe instrument) and will be a ‘valuable musical heritage’ for the Lao people.
An official from the Zone, Mr Xu Liang, said the survey for the hotel was expected to be complete in September and the ground-breaking ceremony for the start of construction will take place after the rainy season.
The hotel, which will contain restaurants and host tourism-related activities, is intended to welcome visitors from Southeast Asian countries and beyond.
The top floor will have a viewing platform that overlooks the spectacular Mekong River and across to the Cambodian border.
The warehouse is located 3km from the Laos-Cambodia border, with the first phase of development to cover an area of 120,000 square metres. The project will comprise a warehouse, customs office, company dormitories, a cold storage area and other facilities.
The warehouse will be a key logistics hub for trade between Laos, China, Thailand and Cambodia.
The Sithandone SEZ is located in Khong district, a large island in the Mekong River in Champassak province and a hub for visitors to the Khonphapheng Falls, the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia.
The falls are just over 100km from the provincial capital of Pakxe and close to the Laos-Cambodia border. Officials say the thundering cascade is a massive tourist draw and was considered an appropriate site for the SEZ as it would bring more business to the area.
The master plan of the Sithandone SEZ features several high rises that will serve as hotels, restaurants, a shopping centre and other tourism-related businesses.
In the first phase of the project (2018-2025), the developer will install the necessary infrastructure including roads, water supply and drainage. The second phase may include an airport because of the intended scale of the project.
This year, the developer plans to build facilities on an area of 66 hectares. The construction of a golf course and fishing lake is already complete.
Source: Vientiane Times 3 August 2022.
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Four Thousand Islands New Area – The Sithandone SEZ in Southern LaosFour Thousand Islands New Area is a proposed new urban development in Khong district, Champasak province, Laos. This nearest city is Pakse, 140km away. The Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don) is an…futuresoutheastasia.com
First Phase of Sithandone SEZ Development Project Underway - Laotian TimesWhen completed, the first phase of the Sithandone Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is expected to be valued at some USD 600 million.laotiantimes.com
LAOS First Phase of Sithandone SEZ Development Project UnderwayBy Phayboune Thanabouasy Mon, March 1, 2021 VIENTIANE – When completed, the first phase of the Sithandone Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is expected to be valued at some USD 600 million. Accordi…aseandigest.net
Make sure you hit southern Laos & the 4000 Islands as soon as possible.