|Illustrative image. New bus routes connecting Việt Nam, Laos and Thailand will be introduced soon. – VNA/VNS Photo An Hiếu|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam, Laos and Thailand are considering introducing bus routes to offer the public better transport connectivity between the three countries.
The transport ministries of the three countries had agreed to conduct surveys on the routes at the first meeting on the initiative held in December last year. They also agreed that the operation of these routes would be based on shared interests, which would be identified by their transport enterprises.
Two routes starts from Thailand’s Bangkok, running through Nakhon Phanom Province in northeast Thailand and Laos’s Thakhek Town to Việt Nam’s Hà Tĩnh Province, while the third route is from Thailand’s Mukdahan Province to Việt Nam’s Đà Nẵng City.
The Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam (DRVN) said surveys had been conducted on the first route from Bangkok to Hà Tĩnh.
The DRVN would co-ordinate with its Thai and Lao counterparts to complete surveys on the other two routes, it said.
The second meeting on the initiative will be held this year in Laos, however, the date has not yet been announced.
During the meeting, transport firms from the three countries are expected to discuss the operation mechanism of the Bangkok-Hà Tĩnh route, keeping the interests of all parties in mind.
The new routes are expected to promote trade and tourism between countries in Southeast Asia in the future.
Việt Nam is operating international bus routes connecting the country with Laos, Cambodia and China. — VNS