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The northern Laos town of Thakhek is getting ready to hold a key annual festival. The Sikhottabong Stupa Festival is staged on the full moon night of the old lunar calendar and has been held at Sikhottabong Temple every year since the 1560s.
Strong winds and waves have been causing problems for tourists in Thailand’s far south. Waves estimated at three-metres high swamped a long-tail boat with six Chinese nationals on it yesterday in the Andaman Sea coast’s Noparat Thara-Phi Phi National Park.
This week saw the inauguration of a cable-car route to the summit of northern Vietnam’s Fansipan Mountain. The trip to the top of the 3,143-metre-high mountain now takes 15 minutes. Until the launch of the cable-car service, the ascent involved a two-day trek which was extremely popular with intrepid Vietnamese and international tourists.