Thai - Lao Mekong Bridge # 3???


Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
Chiang Khong
FUNDING for the the next Thai / Lao Mekong Friendship bridge has been announced today...

011406 - ThaisNews - Thailand and China will share the construction cost of the
3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

14 January 2007
Thailand and China will share the construction cost of the 3rd Thai-Lao
Friendship Bridge

Thailand and China have reaffirmed they will each pay half of the construction
cost of the third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge estimated at around 33 million US
dollars. The bridge will be built across the Mekong River. The commitment was
made at the meeting between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) and the People's Republic of China in Cebu, Philippines
today. The bridge will link the Thai northern province of Chiang Rai with
Laos's Huay Sai Province. Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said China is
considered a pillar supporting regional stability and an important mechanism for
ASEAN's growth. He welcomed Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabaoa's proposal to
help support communication and logistics development within the region during
the next 10 to 15 years, in order to facilitate future investment and tourism
between ASEAN and China. At the meeting, the Chinese Prime Minister also
proposed ASEAN-China cooperation in bird flu suppression, public health and
natural disaster mitigation. At the end of the ASEAN-China meeting, Prime
Minister Surayud witnessed the signing of three economic agreements between
ASEAN and China. They are the Agreement on Trade in Services of the Framework
Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation, the Action Plan under Beijing
Declaration on Partnership in ICT cooperation and the Memorandum of
Understanding on Agriculture signed between the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture
and the ASEAN Secretariat.

So now they just have to sign a contract for the bridge & get cracking. It could be in place in about 3-4 years at guess. I wonder if the bridge will be ready before they finish asphalting the road Huay Sai - Luang Nam Tha?