Laos is hoping that a new bridge will double the number of visitors from Thailand who cross the Mekong River to visit the neighbouring country.
A photo taken in May shows motorists passing along the new Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which spans the Mekong River linking Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai province with Huayxay town in Laos' Bokeo province. The bridge is scheduled to open fully in September. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Somephone Keomany, director of the Information, Culture and Tourism Department Director of Bokeo province in Laos, told the Vientiane Times that the new Friendship Bridge will give Thais easier access to Huayxay, the provincial capital, providing an alternative to the ferries which currently transport people between the two countries.
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