The new Pakxan – Bueng Kan bridge

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by Moto-Rex, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    The new Pakxan – Bueng Kan bridge.

    While crossing back into Thailand last week on the Pakxan ferry, I noticed that work had just begun on the new Laos-Thailand Bridge that will join the towns of Pakxan and Bueng Kan.

    The bridge will be located just 100 metres from the where ferry landing and immigration offices on the Thai side currently stand.

    The head officer said the bridge will be completed in 3 years,.. so look out for the opening on December 2016.

    The Thai side,…and the large tree to the right of the excavator came down about 2 minutes after I took this photo.

    Work is also under way on the Lao side.


    This is where the completed bridge will cross the river.

    The KLX, on the spot that will be the very start of the bridge on the Thai side.


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  3. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Hell they can't seem to Build the Bridges Quick enough! Now all We need is for them to actually let Us Use them!!!
  4. blkphantom

    blkphantom Ol'Timer

    Rex, Can you tell us anything/everything about crossing now from Pakxan to Bueng Kan ?
    I would like to return to Thailand from Lao at this crossing. Vientiane can be very busy and I would like to try a new crossing.
    Thanks, Al
  5. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    The Pakxan-Bueng Kan is one of the easiest places to cross. Just go to the ferry landing in Pakxan which is where customs and immigration are located, do the paper work, then get on the ferry which takes about 30 minutes to get to Thailand for 150baht. Once there do the paper work etc, and away you go.
    On both sides the immigration and customs people are friendly and helpful.
    Just remember Lao lunch break is between 11.30am and 1.00pm, and nothing happens then.
    How long you have to wait for the ferry, is luck of the draw.

    Hope this helps.
  6. blkphantom

    blkphantom Ol'Timer

    Rex, That's great info !
    Thanks again,
  7. 101Pauly

    101Pauly Member

    Hello Rex:

    Hope you are still having a great ride. Saw you in 101 before we headed down to Ko Chang... I believe you were off to Ubol/Pakse and beyond... happy new years!
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    5th Friendship Bridge in pipeline

    February 16, 2016 by Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit

    BOLIKHAMSAI, 16 February 2016: The construction of the 5th Lao-Thai Mekong Friendship Bridge, which will connect Bolikhamsai province in Lao PDR to Thailand’s Bung Kan province, should begin in 2019.

    Lao News Agency quoted Department of Public Works and Transport’s Road Management Division head, Vixay Phoumy, saying the survey and design of the bridge is now 90% complete and the location for its construction has been finalised.

    The final design of 5th Lao-Thai Mekong Friendship Bridge Construction Project has already been submitted to the governments of Laos and Thailand.

    inside no 3“Currently, we are only waiting for the construction budget to be approved and the construction companies to make their final bids. Construction could begin in 2019 at an estimated cost of USD85 million,” the director said.

    The two governments will share the cost of the bridge 50%-50%, he added.

    The bridge will span the Mekong River approximately 1,350 metres long and 17 metres wide.

    Once completed, the bridge will improve transport between two countries and should help to improve the local economies on both sides of the river. This bridge will link highway 13 in central Laos to northeast Thailand.

    Currently, there are four Thai-Lao Friendship Bridges: Vientiane-Nong Khai; Savannakhet-Mukdahan; Khammouan-Nakhon Phanom; and Chaing Rai’s Chiang Khong-Bokeo’s Huay Xai.


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