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Laos To Build New Rail Link

Laos took the first step to build a rail link late last month, according to the Radio Free Asia that claimed Lao officials attended a ground breaking ceremony.

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The report said a Malaysian company, Gian Consolidated, will construct and operate a 220-km railway line that will transverse central Laos from Savannakhet on the border with Thailand and Lao Bao on the border with Vietnam in the east.

In November 2012, the company was awarded a contract to construct and operate the railway that will eventually link with railway lines to Vietnam’s Danang port city. It will take four years to build the first phase in Laos.

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Tourism Booming In Angkor

Siem Reap provincial tourism department reports international tourist visits to Angkor Wat Historical Park, January to November 2013, reached 1.98 million increasing 8% from 1.83 million in 2012.

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Sunset over Angkor Wat

Over 11 months, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Thailand were the largest source markets.

South Koreans led the field with 312,130 visits improving 3% during the same period in 2012 ahead of Chinese (244,330; +50%), Vietnamese (148,670; -26%), Japanese (133,280; +11%), and Thais (98,760; -6%).

Siem Reap provincial tourism department administration chief, Chhoeuy Chhorn, told Xinhua news that good relations and an increase in direct flights had boosted arrivals from China.

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Noi Bai International Airport To Expand Terminal

A few days before the end of the year 2013, Hanoi International Airport in Noi Bai inaugurated the expansion of its main terminal, bringing some relief to passengers who had to deal with congested facilities.

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Noi Bai International Airport

It was certainly hard to anticipate a few years ago. But Hanoi international Airport has been under increased pressure due to the rapid rise in passengers volume. In 2005, the airport was only welcoming 3.5 million passengers a year. Last year, HanoiNoiBaiInternationalAirport had to accommodate 13 million passengers, a new record for Northern Vietnam main air gateway. In the last two years, the volume of passengers was twice higher than the current air terminal capacity, designed originally to accommodate six million passengers.

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Visa-free for Cambodians Visiting Myanmar

Myanmar and Cambodia have agreed on mutual visa exemption for holders of ordinary passports.

The agreement was signed by Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Tin Oo Lwin and Cambodian Ambassador to Myanmar Sieng Burvuthin Nay Pyi Taw.

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The agreement will mean citizens of the two countries can visit without the need to apply for a visa.

 In February 2011, Myanmar established air links with Cambodia and Myanmar Airways international (MAI) introduced a service between Yangon and Siem Reap in April. It extended the service to Phnom Penh in November 2011.

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Hoi An – An Appealing Destination for Cycling

Tourists planning cycle holidays in and around the popular World Heritage town of Hoi An Town can find their way around using a new digital tour guide.

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Afternoon in Cua Dai Beach

The digital bicycle tour combines a bicycle with a 3-dimensional screen and a sensor system. It provides images and valuable information on destinations for those touring by bicycle.

Vietnam Advanced Systems (Novas) director, Pham Thanh Hoa, said it took eight engineers one year to complete the project.

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