Thailand and China will hold talks with Laos about connecting the high-speed train system from Nong Khai to Vientiane. This was decided in a meeting in Beijing during 7-9 February between representatives of the Thai Transport Ministry led by Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Chinese counterparts led by Wang Xiaotao, vice-chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission.
During the meeting, it was decided that the Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train project should efficiently connect the high-speed network in Laos to the country’s capital. As a result, China will invite Lao authorities to discuss the rail project. The three-party discussion will be aimed at ensuring that construction of the high-speed system in the two countries is coordinated and ensuring the two systems link together smoothly. The discussion will include immigration and customs procedures for passengers who travel across the border.
The piling work for the first phase of the Sino-Thai high-speed rail network linking Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima started in December last year. The initial construction covers 3.5 km from Klang Dong-Pang Asok section in Nakhon Ratchasima. This will be the first section of the 615-km Thai-Sino rail network linking Bangkok with Nong Khai.