Nong Khai railway station - Illustrative image (Source:

According to Thailand’s Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA), the deal was signed in Vientiane last weekend.

One project involves work on improving the road linking the Phudu border checkpoint in the country’s Uttaradit province with Laos’ Vientiane capital city. The upgrade calls for a two-lane road to be paved with asphalt at a cost of THB1.8 billion (USD59 million).

The remaining sees the train route from Thailand’s Nong Khai province to Thanaleng in Laos extended to Vientiane. The 7.5km extension from Thanaleng will cost THB1.6 billion.

NEDA said that the projects would make the transport of goods and passengers faster and safer along the Chiang Mai-Vientiane Economic Corridor route./.