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Construction in the Special Economic Zone in the Golden Triangle

Near the famed golden triangle where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet, a Chinese company plans to turn huge tracts of jungle and farmland once associated with the opium trade into a tourism magnet.

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A boat on the Mekong River passes Chinese-run Kings Roman Casino in the special economic zone in Laos. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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A boat on the Mekong River passes Chinese-run Kings Roman Casino in the special economic zone in Laos. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Construction in the distance in the Golden Triangle, where the 3 Mekong countries meet. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Construction in the distance in the Golden Triangle, where the 3 Mekong countries meet. (D. Schearf/VOA)

The massive boulevard built in front of the Kings Romans casino. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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The massive boulevard built in front of the Kings Romans casino. (D. Schearf/VOA)

Flower petals blanket the entrance to the casino. (D. Schearf/VOA)
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Flower petals blanket the entrance to the casino. (D. Schearf/VOA)

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