Fourth Thai-Lao bridge officially opens

Fourth Thai-Lao bridge officially opens

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Wednesday officially opened the Fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River, linking Chiang Rai province with Bokeo in Laos.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn officially opens the Fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge on Wednesday, Dec 11. (Photo by Tawatchai Khemgumnerd)

The box girder bridge is a 1.57-billion-baht joint investment between Thailand and China to improve transport and boost trade and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion, an economic area shared by the two nations with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. 

Thailand and China equally shared the cost of the construction of the bridge.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Laos Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit were also present at the opening ceremony.


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