Thailand, Laos resume 9 bus services

Thailand, Laos resume 9 bus services

A Loei-Luang Prabang bus operated by Transport Co.

Nine bus routes between Thailand and Laos reopened on Wednesday as the two countries eased travel restrictions imposed after the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state-run Transport Co. announced the opening of the routes, some of which are operated in cooperation with Laotian bus companies.

These include connections between Bangkok and Vientiane and Bangkok and Pakse in southern Laos.

Other routes are:

  • Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse
  • Nakkhon Phanom to Thakhek
  • Mukdahan to Savannakhet
  • From Chiang Khong to Bokeo
  • Loei to Luang Prabang
  • Nong Khai to Vientiane
  • Udon Thani to Vientiane

Sanyalak Panwattanalikhit, Managing Director of Transport Co, said passengers must have at least two Covid-19 vaccinations and foreign passport holders must register on the Thailand Passport and present a vaccination certificate before entering Thailand.

International travelers to Laos, with the exception of Thai citizens, are required to have health insurance, he said.

The announcement did not include timetable details.

Thailand and Laos had also planned to open four more routes – Khon Kaen-Vientiane, Udon Thani-Vang Vieng, Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang and Nan-Luang Prabang.

Mr Sanylak said those four routes were suspended because it was the rainy season and demand for seats was low, along with the devaluation of the Lao currency and the high cost of diesel fuel.

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