Thailand – Heavyweight contest

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Some of the world’s largest competitors will showcase their skills in the sports of football, tug-of-war, and physical combat in the Thai province of Surin in November. Weighing as much as 5,000-kg apiece, the elephant participants will also showcase their more sensitive nature with a beauty pageant, a table arrangement contest, followed by an elephant …

Laos – Faster cross-country links

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A new railway bridge is planned between Laos and Thailand near to the Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge which connects Nong Khai province in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Although the existing Friendship Bridge accommodates two round-trip train services in the morning and afternoon, the train crossing delays all vehicular traffic for at least 15 minutes …

Thailand – Park fees rise

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The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced that the entrance cost at many popular national parks in Thailand will increase because of rising management costs. The new rates will be imposed at 29 “Grade A” national parks and will be effective from 1 October 2012. Eight parks in the North; four …