Lao cultural treasure faces river trade dilemma

China’s plan for the Mekong River envisions a big new commercial port at Luang Prabang, a United Nations designated World Heritage site and heart of the Lao tourism industry

Luang Prabang, May 16, 2017 4:23 PM (UTC+8)
The Nam Khan River that runs through the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang in Laos. Photo: iStock/Getty Images
The Nam Khan River that runs through the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang in Laos. Photo: iStock/Getty Images