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The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (Thai Saphan Mittaphap Thai-Lao) connects the provinces of Nong Khai in Thailand and Vientiane in Laos. Opened in April 1994, it is only the 2nd bridge ever built to cross the Mekong.

Primarily an Australian project, the total cost of construction was around $US 30m and opened up a large aid program for Laos, spearheaded by the Australian Government. The bridge's length is just over 1km.

The bridge can handle two lanes of cars, has two footpaths and also has in place space along the centre lane for a railway, which will eventually be the only operating railway in Laos.

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