Infrastructure

Transport and shipping

Friendship bridges that are not friendly

Four ‘Friendship Bridges’ span the wide majestic Mekong River as it creates a meandering borderline between Thailand and Laos but just how friendly are these border bridges? When the first bridge opened back in 1994, spanning the river between Nong Khai in Thailand and Vientiane province ...

Don Ross

Xekong on track to have first international border crossing with Vietnam

The Prime Minister’s Office plans to upgrade the Daktaok local border crossing in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, to an international level crossing on the Vietnamese border. Lao and Vietnamese officials are currently discussing the date when this change will take place. If the status is elevated ...

The Costs of China’s Belt and Road Expansion

When I returned to Xigang after five years, I couldn’t recognize it. What had been a small but generally well-maintained beach town had become a sprawling mess of a city; construction, mud, and piles of garbage were seemingly everywhere. The Han Chinese with whom I ...

Chris Horton

New Laos-Vietnam shared border crossings soon

Laos and Vietnam are preparing to upgrade two more local crossing points to official border crossings to facilitate international visits between them. The facilities to be upgraded are the Pa Hang-Long Sap crossing point between Laos’ Huaphan province and Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province, and the Dak ...

Thai gov't approves financial aid to 5th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

The Thai government on Tuesday approved financial assistance to Laos for the construction of the fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Bueng Kan with Lao’s central province of Bolikhamsai. “The fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge had been approved in principle in the Cabinet’s resolution ...

Xuxin

Southeast Asia's trans-regional corridor takes shape

The opening of a new bridge between Thailand and Myanmar has pushed Southeast Asia one step closer to the realization of an East-West Economic Corridor, connecting the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean.  The corridor, which passes through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, is set to ...

Yuichi Nitta

China-Laos railway project brings Lao, Chinese people closer

An aerial view from the China-Laos border to the capital Vientiane reveals a ruled, comparatively straight line embedded into northern Laos, laid among the foothills, crossing gullies, rivers and fields, and with small arcs bypassing villages. It’s the China-Laos railway project, a landmark construction project in ...

Zhang Jianhua, Wang Shan

Vietnam government to mobilize efforts for mega transportation projects in 2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the government would mobilize all efforts for the implementation of major transport projects in 2020. These include the Eastern North-South expressway, Long Thanh International Airport, expansion of Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and feasibility study of North-South express railway project, ...

Hai Yen

Lao gov’t gives green light to PetroTrade for Laos-Vietnam railway development

The Lao government has entrusted and given the right to the Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PetroTrade) to conduct a feasibility study on the Laos-Vietnam Railway Project, from Thakhaek district in Khammuan province, Laos, to the Vietnamese border. The Ministry of Planning and Investment, on behalf ...

Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to open Oct 30

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei River in Tak’s Mae Sot district will be officially opened on Oct 30, according to a press release from the Highways Department. The opening ceremony will be co-chaired by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Myanmar’s Minister of Construction ...

Assawin Pinitwong

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