Thai tourism industry prepare yourselves because the much anticipated railway linking China and Thailand might actually happen pretty soon.
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn told Xinhua yesterday that he expects construction of the railway to begin sometime at the end of the year.
After announcing plans to build a super cool high-speed railway through Thailand to much fanfare last year, China ended up deciding instead to go for the more sensible medium-speed alternative to better support cargo transport.
The project is part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” Silk Road revival initiative aiming to develop trade and transport infrastructure across Asia and Europe. The railway consists of two lines that will link China’s Kunming city to northeast Thailand’s Nong Khai and then on to Bangkok and Rayong province.
This sudden announcement comes following rumors that the two countries were failing to reach an agreement on the project’s multi-billion dollar funding.
We’ll see if China can build on this momentum and accomplish any more of their lofty track building goals. We’re looking at you tunnel under Mt. Everest!