New Friendship Bridge

The fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge will be built to connect Bueng Kan in the Northeast of Thailand to Bolikhamxay province in central Laos.

The signboard of the fifth Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge in Bueng Kan. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

The total budget for the co-investment project will be 3.9 billion baht. The Thai government will invest 2.6 billion baht while the Lao government will invest another 1.3 billion baht that it will loan from the Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency founded in 2005 by the Thai government.

The project will consist of a 15km four-lane road, starting from Muang district of Bueng Kan to Paksan town of Bolikhamxay. The bridge over the Mekong River will be 1.3km long and will be a two-lane concrete bridge.

The budget also includes border checkpoints and border control facilities in the two countries.

The 36-month project is scheduled to complete in 2022.

Chao Phraya boat service added

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched passenger boat services linking Bang Wa pier along Klong Phasi Charoen to the Tha Chang pier on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

Bang Wa pier is not far from BTS Skytrain Bang Wa station while the Tha Chang pier is close to the Emerald Buddha Temple and Wat Pho.

The boat service is operated by Krungthep Thanakom, which is the BMA's holding company that operates public investment projects such as Bus Rapid Transit service and the 2.2km skytrain extension to the Silom Line and the 5.25km extension to the Sukhumvit Line.

A new passenger boat connects commuters from Bang Wa pier in Thon Buri area to Tha Chang pier. Krungthep Thanakom

Service for the 60-seat passenger boat is available daily from 6am to 7pm. It will depart the Bang Wa pier every 30 minutes during rush hour (6am to 9am and 3pm to 7pm) and every hour from 9am to 3pm.

The boat will also stop at Wat Intharam pier in Bang Yi Ruea, Saphan Phut Bridge and Rachini piers. At Rachini pier, commuters can connect to the MRT subway service at Sanam Chai station in the future.

BMA will offer the service for free during the six-month trial period or until the end of this year.


- Emirates has launched daily direct flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The airline flies with Boeing 777-300ER offering eight First Class, 42 Business Class and 300 seats in Economy Class.

The outbound flight departs from Suvarnabhumi airport at 8pm and will arrive in Phnom Penh airport at 9.25pm. The inbound flight will depart at 11.25pm and will arrive in Suvarnabhumi airport at 12.40am. The travel time is 80 minutes.

One-way ticket prices start at 2,480 baht.


- Thai AirAsia has joined hands with Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep and Bangkok Aviation Center to launch the fifth Student Aircraft Mechanic class.

The programme will train participants in basic aircraft repair, maintenance and on-the-job training with the airline. The programme is open to graduates with bachelor's degrees in engineering or those with technical certificates in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics.

Those interested can apply from now until June 30 at


- InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is offering promotions for the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Pairs Classic.

The golf tournament will be organised by the hotel, Siam PGA Holidays and Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin from July 5 to 7.

The promotion prices for a two-night stay in a Classic room start at 23,500 baht per room for single occupancy and 35,000 baht per room for double occupancy. The packages include daily buffet breakfast, two rounds of championship golf with caddy and golf cart service, shuttle service to and from Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin, a barbecue dinner by the beach with free-flow wine and beer, lunch, unlimited access to Vana Nava Water Park and True Arena sport complex with shuttle service.


- Mason, a luxurious beachfront resort in Na Jomtien, Chon Buri, has launched a pre-opening promotion.

Available until June 30, the property offers 40% discount from its best flexible rates for stay until the end of June.

Prices for a night stay start at 9,600++ baht including daily breakfast for two and a 45-minute massage for two for at least two-night stay.

Mason offers 35 pool villas with space usage starting from 90m² (Garden Pool Villas) to 180m² (Double Grand Pool Villas with two bedrooms). Other facilities are a restaurant, bar, swimming pool with pool bar, spa and fitness centre.



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