Laos - Burma Friendship bridge over the Mekong

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  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Burma and Laos to build friendship bridge

    March 23, 2012 2:08 pm
    Vientiane - Laos and Burma agreed to build a bridge across the Mekong River, providing the first road link between the two neighbours, media reports said Friday.

    The agreement to build a "friendship bridge" linking Xiengkok in Luang Namtha province in Laos to Kainglap in Burma was signed Thursday by Lao Transport Minister Sommad Pholsena and Burmese Construction Minister Khin Maung Myint, the Vientiane Times reported.

    The signing was witnessed by Burmese President Thein Sein during his two-day visit to Laos.

    The Lao-Burma border is defined by the Mekong River, which flows from southern China to the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.

    In his talks with Lao President Choummaly Sayasone, Thein Sein agreed to join the Mekong River Commission as a permanent member, the Vientiane Times reported.

    China and Burma now have observer status on the four-member commission, which seeks regional consensus on the management of the Mekong’s resources.
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  3. Gary D

    Gary D Ol'Timer

    David another positive sign for Burma. With their democratic election result from the weekend and their new openness maybe we are just that little bit closer to getting our bikes inside. maybe......

  4. CBR250

    CBR250 Ol'Timer

    Why not, I doubt either country will be paying for it.

    Some of the officials might even get a merc or two out of it, so they can knock down poor people that don't matter in style.
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Fantastic news! Fingers crossed that we can someday ride Burma! :happy2:
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    2013-0218 - Bangkok Post - Laos, Myanmar begin bridge

    Laos, Myanmar begin bridge

    Published: 18/02/2013 at 08:42 PM
    Online news:

    Laos and Myanmar have begun the construction of the first bridge to link their countries, and expect to complete it in 2015.

    The building of the Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River between Laos' Luang Namtha province and Shan state in Myanmar was launched after the two countries held a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, The Vientiane Times reported on Monday.

    The construction cost is US$18 million (540 million baht) and the two governments aim to use it to boost trade and investment, and enhance cooperation.

    Luang Namtha governor Phimmasone Leuangkhamma, Lao Public Works and Transport Minister Sommad Pholsena and Myanmar's Construction Minister Kyaw Lwin presided over the ceremony.

    The bridge will be 690 metres long and 10 metres wide and will have two vehicle lanes and two sidewalks. Construction of the bridge will take 30 months to complete.

    Xaysongkham Manotham, director of the Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge Project, said the bridge will be a new symbol of cooperation, relations and solidarity between the two countries.
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    OPENING SOON - May 2015.

  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The bridge is now officially open on 10th May 2015.



    Now wouldn't this be great if its was full international.
  9. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Moderator Staff Member

    Told recently that Lao registered bikes will be allowed to cross up to 2 provinces in Burma.
  10. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member


    Check out Jurgen's report on the bridge & the road


    from Muang Sing to Xieng Kok on GTR here:

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