Hongsa town in Xayaburi province of Laos has long been known for elephants and, more recently, for mineral resources that have attracted major investments from Thailand.
Banpu Plc and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand are active in Hongsa in a coal mining and coal-fired power plant venture being jointly developed with the government of Laos.
But not many people know that Hongsa also has abundant agricultural resources, particularly mulberry paper trees, known as porsa. The trees are used to make the region’s distinctive saa paper, which is widely sought after for high-quality handicrafts from umbrellas to paintings, calligraphy and other hand-crafted and home decorative items.
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