Tickets to ride Laos-China railway sold out

PEOPLE have been turning up in droves at the rail station in Vientiane after the Laos-China railway officially opened for service.

An official with the Laos-China Railway Company Limited told Vientiane Times that a long queue formed at the station after crowds of people arrived hoping to get a seat on the very first journey on the railway, which left Vientiane at 7.40am on Friday.

All of the seats on the journey to Vangvieng, Luang Prabang and Boten were fully booked, she said.

There is huge interest in taking a ride on the train and sampling the novel experience of travelling rapidly through the Lao countryside on an elevated track.

The railway is a gift to the Lao people from the government of China and its inauguration coincided with the 46th anniversary of the Lao PDR and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Laos-China diplomatic relations.

To begin with, tickets will be on sale at railway stations only and will not be available online.

Journeys will be limited to destinations within Laos because of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and the associated travel restrictions.

Tickets can be purchased three days before the date of departure and passengers must show an ID card and proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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