KRABI: Thousands of members of the public turned out on Saturday to make the first crossing on foot between Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai islands, with the official opening of the recently completed Lanta Bridge in Krabi.
Krabi Governor Pinit Boonlert chaired the opening ceremony of the 400-million-baht bridge. The event was titled ‛Starry Night Over Lanta Bridge’.
“It was the dream of Lanta locals to have this bridge, and now the government has given it to them,” said Krabi Governor Pinit. “It is the first bridge in Thailand’s history to be constructed between two islands.”
Before the bridge was built, the only way across the water between the two islands was on a car ferry, which was particularly inconvenient during the high season when influxes of tourists drove up waiting times, said Mr Pinit.