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Out of Town Vang Vieng: Rollin' on a river

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

Matthew Spriggs grabs a mate, a drink and a tube in Laos.

Vang Vieng is a world away from work. Midway along the Vientiane to Luang Prabang road, Vang Vieng is a backpacker's paradise like few others in the region - a place devoted to hedonism where very little gets done and the atmosphere is pure holiday.

With the serene Nam Song river winding around it and towering limestone karsts on either side, Vang Vieng has become world famous amongst backpackers for its "slow river cruise" - an often drunken drift by inner tube down the picturesque waterway.

Tourist Plane Crash

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

A PMT Air chartered flight traveling from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville has crashed near Kirrirom. 22 people are feared dead.
EAS presents the latest news from wire services....

Korean State News Agency Yonhap is reporting a PMT Air chartered flight carrying 22 people including 13 South Koreans, three Cambodians and crew, has crashed.

The plane went missing at around 11 am after taking off from Siem Reap Airport early Monday, news reports said.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency said the plane crashed near Kirirom Mountain, 130 kilometers west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

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