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Bangkok-Vientiane train to start in April

Train passengers walk through the Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal in Bangkok. (Photo: Nutthawat Wichieanbut)

The State Railway of Thailand plans to extend its Bangkok-Nong Khai train service to reach Vientiane in April.

Trains will start operating from the Thanaleng station just across the border in Laos to the new Khamsavath station in Vientiane next month in preparation for the extended service in April, said the Department of Rail Transport.

The SRT was already operating trains from the Nong Khai station in the northeastern province to Thanaleng, and the 7.5-kilometre line from Thanaleng to Khamsavath will be the final step.

The Nong Khai station is 13km from the Khamsavath station. The fare will be about 60 or 70 baht and a trip will take about 20 minutes.

Thai and Lao authorities are now working on details of immigration procedures for the extended service. Document checks should be required only once, in either Nong Khai or Vientiane, they say.

Lao train drivers will take over the SRT’s Vientiane-bound trains at the Nong Khai station to prevent Thai drivers from being prosecuted in Laos in the event of any accidents. The SRT has trained nine Lao drivers for the purpose.

When the extended service begins, the Bangkok-Nong Khai train service, departing from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal, will be renamed Bangkok-Vientiane (Khamsavath).

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