Thailand and Laos plan three more bridges
Thailand is considering a proposal from Laos to build three more bridges to foster ties between the two countries.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told Lao Premier Thoungloune Sisoulith that more transport links through new bridges between the two neighbours will be taken up for final decisions based on mutual benefits, deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak.
The issue was on the agenda in talks on the sidelines of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Vientiane.
Laos has proposed three more locations for the construction of new bridges over the Mekong River. They are Bung Karn and Borikhamxay, Ubon Ratchathani and Saravane, and Loei and Vientiane.
The two countries are linked through the friendship bridges in Nong Khai, Chiang Khong district in Chiang Rai, Mukdaharn and Nakhon Phanom of Thailand.
The two countries plan to promote border tourism at Phu Chee Fah and Phu Chee Dao in Chiang Rai, and Kiew Hok in Phayao, the deputy government spokesman said.
The plan to develop the border areas in the two provinces of Thailand and their neighbouring Laos is undertaken by the Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand.
It will be later forwarded to Laos to consideration.