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Laos Seen Reopening 5 More Thai-Border Crossings

The Chiang Saen checkpoint on the Thailand-Laos border.
The Chiang Saen checkpoint on the Thailand-Laos border.

Laos is expected to reopen five more border crossings with Thailand as trade between the two countries continues to increase.

Government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said the Thai and Laos governments intended to revive economic activities along their border and they already reopened many border crossings. Cross-border business thus became active between both countries, especially in Nong Khai Province, she said.

Rachada quoted the Tourism Authority of Thailand as reporting that Nong Khai had the fourth-biggest number of arrivals after Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Phuket and the Sadao border checkpoint in Songkhla Province.

Apart from border reopening with Laos in Nong Khai, both countries also resumed five border crossings in Chiang Khong and Chiang Saen districts of Chiang Rai, in Muang District of Nakhon Phanom and in Sirindhorn District of Ubon Ratchathani.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and commercial attache in Vientiane is working to persude Laos to reopen five more border crossings with Chiang Rai,” Rachada said.

She referred to Ban Suan Dok border crossing in Chiang Saen District, Ban Hat Ban crossing and Pha Than pier in Chiang Khong District and Ban Chaem Pong and Ban Huai Luek crossings in Wiang Kaen District.

Thailand was ready to reopen the five crossings and the reopening would considerably increase cross-border trade with Laos and exports via Laos to China, Rachada said.