The Laos-China high-speed railway opened on December 3. Lao media called this a gift from the Chinese government to its neighbors on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Laos-China relations, as well as marking a leap forward in the modernization of the Southeast Asian country.

Lao people are eager to experience a new form of transportation from the capital to the countryside. The railway line is more than 1,000 km long connecting the city of Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province, with the capital of Laos, Vientiane. The section running on Laos is 414 km long, connecting Vientiane with the border town of Boten.

In the first stage of operation, train tickets are only sold directly at stations, and online ticket purchase has not been applied. People must book tickets three days before departure, provide ID cards and a confirmation that they have had two doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

The ship is not currently crossing the Laos-China border due to anti-epidemic border control orders to deal with Covid-19.

Construction of the Laos – China high-speed railway, worth about 6 billion USD, started in 2016, mainly by China National Railway Corporation (CNRG), with 75 tunnels, 167 bridges and 10 stations. Trains running on the line can carry up to 720 people and reach speeds of 160 km/h. The journey from Vientiane to Kunming is estimated to take about 10 hours, including customs clearance.

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