Increasing numbers of women and teenage girls from are kidnapped, tricked or forced into marriage.
Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang's temples, hotels, scenery and markets are definitely worth a visit.
Malaysia made its largest seizure of crystal meth in May, intercepting nearly 1.2 tonnes of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar.
The caves in Luang Prabang, Laos are filled with thousands of Buddhist statues created by artisans commissioned by the royal family in the 16th Century.
China, by far the biggest power in the region, and where the Mekong starts up in the Tibetan plateau, is increasingly using its economic clout to secure its broader aims.
Over 118,000 people have taken refuge in 285 camps as the death toll climbed to 11 even as swirling, muddy waters reached thatched-roofed homes and wiped out farmland in four provinces.
The UNODC pointed on Thursday to child sex abuse, along with trafficked migrant labour for illegal logging purposes, as emerging trafficking issues of concern in the region.