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.
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)
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)