A seaport for landlocked Laos
Talking trains with Talk Travel Asia, Jokowi presses on with capital city relocation, Duterte opens door for Boracay casino, and more transport and infrastructure news in SE Asia.
Laos has a number of new railways that are planned for the future, one of which being the Vientiane - Vung Ang railway project. Vung Ang is in Ha Tinh Province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam. It’s the closest seaport to Laos, so building a railway there would efficiently connect landlocked Laos to a shipping port.
There have been news reports saying that this project will begin at the end of 2021. While these projected start dates are rarely reliable in Southeast Asia, it would coincide with the completion of the China-Laos railway in December 2021. This would make sense to keep the construction momentum going by starting a new project.
It might seem like an improbable route, but nothing will seem improbable once the railway from Boten to Vientiane is completed.
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The Vientiane – Vung Ang railway is a proposed railway that would connect Vientiane in Laos to the Vung Ang seaport in Vietnam.
Speaking of railways (as I often do), I did an interview with Talk Travel Asia about the future of train travel in Asia. There is a lot of overlap with the infrastructure development I write about here, and general travel I write about at Nomadic Notes. It was good to talk about the future travel possibilities that will open up with these new rail projects.
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