Friendship Bridge - Connect Two Countries over Mekong River

Friendship Bridge, in full as (First) Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (or Mittaphab Bridge in Laos) was built in 1994, jointly by the governments of Thailand, Laos and Australia. Coneecting between Nong Khai province in Thailand and Vientiane in Laos, it marks the change of Laos government’s policy to be more open to trade and tourism.

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Friendship Bridge, in full as (First) Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (or Mittaphab Bridge in Laos) was built in 1994, jointly by the governments of Thailand, Laos and Australia. Connecting between Nong Khai province in Thailand and Vientiane in Laos, it marks the change of Laos government’s policy to be more open to trade and tourism.

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The Bridge stretches over 1.17 kilometres across the Mekong River. From Nong Khai center, it takes 10 minutes to arrive the bridge and then it is about 20km from the bridge to the city of Vientiane. With the border post at the foot of each end and shuttle bus running in between, it has became the most crossed bridge between Laos and Thailand. In fact, more Friendship Bridge connecting different part of Laos & Thailand borders has been built, giving this Bridge the full, official name as First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.

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