Source: Vientiane Times
Tickets for travel on the Laos-China Railway can now be purchased at the station in Khamsavath village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane.
The new ticket office was opened to reduce the problem of overcrowding at other ticket outlets, the Director General of the Lao National Railway Enterprise and Executive Vice General Manager of the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., Mr. Daochinda Siharath, said.
Customer parking is available so that people can easily stop at the station to buy tickets, he added.
The new ticket sales outlet is a further symbol of the partnership between the Lao National Railway Enterprise and the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., and will make train travel easier for tourists and other passengers, Mr. Daochinda said.
The railway is an important strategic cooperation project between the Lao and Chinese governments. It has the potential to give a huge boost to the social and economic development of Laos and make rail travel between Laos, other ASEAN countries and China faster and better integrated, greatly improving both passenger and freight transport.
The Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism reported that in the first four months of this year, 1,114,950 people entered Laos on tourist visas.
They comprised 694,000 people from ASEAN countries; more than 300,000 from the Asia-Pacific region; more than 78,000 from Europe; 31,000 from the USA; and more than 4,000 from African countries. Thai nationals topped the visitor list with 430,979 people recorded, followed by Vietnam with 244,461 visitors. Another 223,350 visitors came from China, and 57,189 from the Republic of Korea.