Ton Pheung District

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Ton Pheung
ເມືອງຕົ້ນເຜິ້ງ
Muang (district)
Location in Laos
Location in Laos
Country  Laos
Province Bokeo Province
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)

Ton Pheung is a district (muang) of Bokeo Province in north-western Laos .[1] The district lies in northwest Laos and borders Tachilek District of Burma and Amphoe Chiang Saen and Amphoe Chiang Khong of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.

History[edit]

Given its location, the district has been the center of much conflict in the past. A dispute broke out in 1999 over Thai farmers cultivating on district lands and on February 25, 2008 an attack broke out on the Burmese border involving Burmese drug lords. A drug gang in Burma led by Naw Kham attacked a Chinese maritime police boat on the Mekong River, injuring Chinese border guards. They were sent to Kasemrad Sriburin General Hospital in Chiang Rai to recover.[2]

Economy[edit]

The economy is based on agriculture in the district. The Chinese have invested in the district and have sought to establish it as a Free Trade Area.[3]

Border checkpoint

Towns and villages[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maplandia world gazetteer
  2. ^ "Drug Gang Blamed for Chinese Boat Attacke". The Irrawaddy. February 29, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Foreign Investments in Laos Tops $6 Billion". Voanews.com. March 19, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2009.