High Speed Train Project to Start in Thailand

After many ups and downs, that more resemble a roller coaster than a train, Thailand and China have come to terms on a railway cooperation project.

The China-Thailand Railway will be 867 kilometers long and travel at speeds of 180km/h –considerably slower than the previous version of 250km/h due to cost control. The railway will connect northeast Thailand’s Nong Khai province with Bangkok and eastern Rayong province.

China Railway Construction Corporation general manager Zhu Xijun, said that after six rounds of negotiation, an agreement has been made to start the China-Thailand Railway project in early September with an official commencement ceremony expected at the end of October.


The agreement comes as the two countries mark the 40th anniversary of China-Thailand diplomatic ties and the first year of implementation of the “One Belt and One Road” initiative proposed by China aimed at creating more convenient and cheaper transportation between China and Thailand.

The anticipated price of a  ticket between Kunming and Bangkok will be about 3,600 Thai Baht or 700 yuan ($109.62) –much cheaper than air fare.

The railway is estimated to add two million more Chinese tourists to Thailand every year and will provide further convenience to its agricultural product export. With this railway, Thailand will be a new transportation hub of ASEAN countries.

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