Cambodia has imported 15 rats from Africa for the purpose of locating landmines and unexploded ordnance in the country, a senior landmine official told Kyodo News on Thursday. Heng Ratana, director general of Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), said the rats were imported from Tanzania in April and are now undergoing training in the northern province of Siem Reap. He said testing of the rats is set to begin by the end of this month or early next month to see if they are qualified. 

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The Dayak Cultural Festival (DCF) this weekend will feature an art and tattoo exhibition by renowned Dayak artists, cultural shows and various traditional delicacies from throughout Borneo. To be held at the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) centre at Jalan Kumpang, organisers Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) and Dayak National Congress (DNC) are inviting the public to experience the best that Dayak culture has in store.

Four farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have made waves by creating a solar-powered boat, and local authorities are slated to place an order for several of the vessels to serve tourists. Local officials took a test tour on the solar-powered boat in Dong Thap Province, located in southern Vietnam, on May 31, 2015. Officials expect to order six of the boats, which can run at a speed of 20kph while making absolutely no engine noise and causing no pollution, to be used for tours of Tram Chim National Park, a popular bird watching destination and one of the largest intact wetland areas remaining on the Mekong Delta.

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Cambodia and Thailand have joined hands to increase foreign and inter-ASEAN tourism under the “Two Kingdoms, One Destination” tourism pact. Tith Chantha, secretary of state at Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, said Cambodia and Thailand have already created a single-visa option for tourists looking to explore both countries in one trip.

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