Total Reported Cost
179.0 billion THB
July 11 2017
Start of Construction
Dec. 21 2017
Planned Completion Date
The Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail will connect Bangkok to Nong Khai, in northern Thailand, where passengers will be able to first cross into Vientiane in Laos, and eventually Kunming in China.
Formal talks on the rail began in 2014 but were beset by delays, including disagreements over design, financing and technical assistance.
In 2016, Thailand decided against Chinese financing for the project because of high interest rates and decided to fund the Thai portion of project itself. As of April 2019, Thailand’s government said it is “making progress” with the rail line.