First railway link between Thailand and Laos opened

March 5th, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangkok, March 5 (DPA) The first railway link across the Mekong River connecting Thailand with Laos was officially opened Thursday in a ceremony presided over by Thailand’s Princess Sirindhorn.
The line allows travel by train from Bangkok to a station inside Laos for the first time, although the train currently stops a few km short of the Laos capital of Vientiane.

Passengers from Nong Khai in north-east Thailand can now cross the Friendship Bridge to stop at Thanaleng, a hop of 3.5 km in distance. Fares for the short journey range from the equivalent of $1 to $3.

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