An article in the Sydney Morning Herald reports on a new initiative by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs based in Thailand and Cambodia. They have launched a new online guide to responsible tourism operators in Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of China. Luang Prabang's homeware's shop Ma Te Sai was among the shops mentioned in the article. You can visit the site at mekongresponsibletourism.org.
The Daily Progress also has a story about the return of the remains of US Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class William T. Brown, who had been killed in Laos in November, 1969, along with two other members of Special Forces. They and 6 Montagnards had been attacked by "an overwhelming force of North Vietnamese soldiers specially trained to counter our recon teams." A few months ago, a Laotian farmer had found the remains and informed the authorities to arrange for their return to the U.S. For nearly 4 decades, the servicemen's families were never told the truth of what happened, only that their children were Missing In Action.