Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail (Phase 1), Section Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima

Locations

Type

Rail

Status

Under Construction

Total Reported Cost

5.6 billion THB

Initiatives

Start Date

July 11 2017

Start of Construction

Dec. 21 2017

Planned Completion Date

2021

Contractors

Consultants

Implementers

Operators

Funders

Source(s) Amount
179,000,000,000 THB

Description

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.