Angkor’s trustees open floating bridge

May 30, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 30 May 2017: A 200-metre temporary floating pontoon bridge has been opened to allow tourists to enter Angkor Wat, while the original bridge undergoes restoration.

The temporary structure can  support nearly 6,400 people with a total weight of more than 400 tons at one time.

The floating bridge is made from plastic air bags and floats on a moat just south of Spean Harl, the original bridge, which is expected to be ready for reopening within three years. Read more

Angkor bridge awaits restoration

January 25, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 25 January 2017: A temporary pontoon bridge leading to Angkor Wat will be completed in May to allow workers to close an ancient stone bridge for restoration.

Phnom Penh Post reported that Apsara Authority will close the stone bridge , this May, to allow for restoration, while tourist traffic will be diverted to the temporary bridge.

The authority, which manages the historic temple complex, said the closure is part of restoration efforts carried out in conjunction with Japan’s Sophia University. Read more

China opens glass-bottom bridge

August 23, 2016 by  
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BEIJING, 23 August 2016: Tourists who suffer from vertigo need not apply. The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened Saturday in China’s spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains — the inspiration for American blockbuster Avatar.

Some 430 metres (1,400 feet) long and suspended 300 metres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province.

Six metres wide and made of some 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 people at the same time, an official in Zhangjiajie — a popular tourist destination — told the Xinhua news agency. Read more

Hoi An may dismantle Japanese bridge

August 19, 2016 by  
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QUANG NAM, 19 August 2016: A Bridge Pagoda that dates back to Japanese traders will be removed from Hoi An, Vietnam’s leading World Heritage town in the name of conservation.

Tourists queue to take their selfies and photos on the bridge, which is a rare example of a timber bridge with its own pagoda.

Experts say the best way to save the bridge is to dismantle it and possibly rebuild it in a museum with controlled temperature and restrictions on visitors touching the exhibit. Read more

5th Friendship Bridge in pipeline

February 16, 2016 by  
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BOLIKHAMSAI, 16 February 2016: The construction of the 5th Lao-Thai Mekong Friendship Bridge, which will connect Bolikhamsai province in Lao PDR to Thailand’s Bung Kan province, should begin in 2019.

Lao News Agency quoted Department of Public Works and Transport’s Road Management Division head, Vixay Phoumy, saying the survey and design of the bridge is now 90% complete and the location for its construction has been finalised.

The final design of 5th Lao-Thai Mekong Friendship Bridge Construction Project has already been submitted to the governments of Laos and Thailand. Read more

Lao PDR and Myanmar open bridge

May 12, 2015 by  
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LUANG NAMTHA, 12 May 2015: The first ever Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge linking northern Laos with Myanmar across the Mekong River was officially opened last Saturday by Lao PDR President, Choummaly Sayasone and his Myanmar counterpart, Thein Sein, the Lao News Agency reported.

The Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is located between Houay Koum village, approximately 13-km north from Xiangkok village, Long district, Luang Namtha province of the Lao PDR, and Kenglap, Thachilek district, Shan State of Myanmar.

The bridge, which is 691.6 metres long and 10.9 metres wide, was funded through a joint investment by the Lao and Myanmar governments with each side financing half of the cost.

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ADB loans head for Laos

April 23, 2015 by  
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BOKEO, 23 April 2015: Lao authorities expect to gain Asian Development Bank funding later this year for a project to improve roads and infrastructure in Huay Xai district of Bokeo that could boost tourist arrivals.

The proposed project will be funded by an Asian Development Bank loan at a cost of USD24 million with the Lao government contributing a modest USD1 million. Usually ADB support is partially in grants and soft loans.

The province’s deputy governor, Khamking Euaymanihak, told Vientiane Times that ADB would approve funding for the project in September.

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Bridge across Mekong

February 26, 2015 by  
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LUANG NAMTHA, 26 February 2015: The Laos-Myanmar Mekong River Friendship Bridge, linking National Road 17 in Laos with National Road 4 in Myanmar, will be completed next month and will officially opened May this year.

Lao New Agency reported the bridge is currently about 95% complete.

The Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is located at Houa Koum village of Long district in Luang Namtha province.  It is about 15 km north of Xiangkok village.

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Spinning a tale of cooperation

January 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BOKEO, 16 January 2015: Authorities from Laos, China, Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to cooperate to improve trade, investment and tourism activities as well as human resource development.

They signed a memorandum of understanding at the 8th Regional Border Area Cooperation Conference held in Huay Xai town of Bokeo province last week.

The delegations from four northern provinces of Laos that attended the meeting composed of Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang.

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Friendship bridge links Laos and Myanmar

January 8, 2015 by  
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LUANG NAMTHA, 8 January 2015: The Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge should open this March linking National Road 17 in Laos with National Road 4 in Myanmar.

It has taken 20 months to construct the bridge.

The bridge begins at Huaykoum village 15 km north of Xiengkok village in Long district, Laos. On the Myanmar side stands Kainglap village in Thakhilek district, Shan State. Read more