Catagorize: Landmarks and Memorials
Contact: Soi 1-2 Ban Chommani, Tambon Mi Chai, Amphoe Mueang, Nong Khai Tel. -
The First Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge is a bridge over the Mekong, connecting Nong Khai province and the city of Nong Khai in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos - the city of Vientiane is approximately 20 km from the bridge. With a length of 1,170m (0.73 mi), the bridge has two 3.5m (11 ft 6 in) wide road lanes, two 1.5m (4 ft 11 in) wide footpaths and a single 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge railway line in the middle, straddling the narrow central reservation.
Opened on April 8, 1994, it was the first bridge across the lower Mekong, and the second on the full course of the Mekong. The bridge was designed & built by Australian companies as a demonstration of their ability to complete major infrastructural projects in Southeast Asia. The concept design of a balanced cantilever bridge was proposed by Bruce Ramsay of VSL with the final design carried out by Maunsell consulting engineers.
The King Bhumibol, together with the Queen Sirikit and the Princess Sirindhorn, officially opened the bridge on April 8, 1994. After the opening ceremony, they stayed for a night at the Ho Kham, the palace of the Laos King in the past.
The official name of the bridge was changed by the addition of "First" after the Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge further south at Savannakhet opened in January 2007.
To visit the bridge, please contact the legal tour agent. The border is open daily from 06.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
To drive a car, it requires a document and fees.
For more information about the document and fees, please contact the tour agent in Nongkhai province and customhouse at 042 411 518, 042 421 468 9 or fax 042 412 654.
You can also get there by bus which costs 55THB per person.
For more information, please contact 042 247 950 2