Railway in the heart of Southeast Asia: Opening new opportunities for tourism and business

18.04.2023
Railway in the heart of Southeast Asia: Opening new opportunities for tourism and business

In April 2023, an international passenger service was launched on the Laos-China Railway, connecting the Chinese city of Kunming and the capital of Laos, Vientiane. This important event attracted the attention of the tourism industry and investors not only in China and Laos, but also in neighboring Thailand. It is expected that the opening of the railway route will lead to an increase in tourist flow and attract new investment to the Thai region of Nong Khai and its surroundings.

According to a consultant from the Nong Khai Tourism Association, many tourists prefer to stay in this city for the night before traveling to the capital of Laos. The president of the Nong Khai Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed his hope that Chinese tourists traveling to Laos would also continue their journey to Nong Khai and other provinces in northeastern Thailand.

The local private sector has already benefited from the freight rail service operated by the Laos-China Railway. This has helped boost employment and create new business opportunities in the region. The addition of passengers is expected to attract even more investment to Nong Khai and force the Thai government to improve infrastructure in the area to support the economic recovery.

The new rail line provides a fast link between Thailand and the huge Chinese market. Previously, the transport of goods between China, Laos and Thailand was lengthy due to poor road conditions. However, the Laos-China Railway has reduced the travel time to 10 hours, which is especially important for transporting perishable goods.