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Plans to build bridge connecting Koh Lanta to Krabi mainland in the works

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Plans to build a bridge connecting Koh Lanta with Krabi’s mainland is in the works . Currently, a ferry service transports people and vehicles on a boat, which is more like a barge than a ferry, to and from the island. It’s a fairly time consuming process that often backs up traffic.

The Department of Rural Roads has an environmental impact assessment is now being conducted for the potential bridge that is planned to run 1,950 metres from Ban Hua Hin on the mainland to Lanta Noi, near the same pick up and drop off points for the ferry.

The ferry, run by Songserm Tran Service, has a limited capacity for vehicles and operates from 6am to 10pm. The ferry gets packed during the peak season and backs up traffic. Some are also concerned with the oil and diesel pollution associated with the ferry.

The department’s director general Pathom Chaloeywares says the bridge will solve travel difficulties and boost development in the area. Details on the project should be finalised by March 2021 and a budget requested by 2022. If the project is approved, construction would start in 2023 and be completed by 2025.

Back in 2016, a 400 million baht bridge was built connecting Koh Lanta’s 2 main islands, Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai. Before that, a car ferry was used to transport people from island to island.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Another grand scheme, which is unlikely to be needed, and which Thailand cannot fund unless they can attract foreign investment – unlikely now.
    I suggest they build bridges over roads so that Thais can sleep under them.

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      Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      That is what I agree with you. Thai seems having many grand plans in the works. Grand plans for bubble travel, detailed plans for visa grace, extended plan for economic recovery. That is what I love. That Sabai life.

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        preesy chepuce

        Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:58 pm

        Unrealistic plans, deluded plans, not plans at all, mr Chinese Thai.

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      Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      I used to work in the are, about 8 years ago and back then —with foreign tourist and campy— nothing happened , it’s the Thai culture; don’t plan, if you want any action, because if you do nothing will happen! on the other hand, suddenly you’ll have a new landmark destroying the natural sight of something pristine

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    I do not understand why they always want to use such pompous architectures for a structure that can easily be just a trestle bridge with a middle wide passage for small boats. Moreover, the direction is also rather uneconomical and unrealistic. They can make a shorter bridge from Bam Hua Hin to Bam Klong Mak, taking advantage of the Ko Pling islet for further support, preserving the current ferry route as secondary. They show such an inappropriate incompetence and tendency for wasting taxpayers’ money and resources.

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    Khun plastic

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    A good idea,the thousands of out of work now ex hospitality industry workers in the area could be retrained and used on the project.

    It could perhaps be called white elephant bridge,from what I understand they are considered very lucky in old Siam so a bit of merit could be gained along the way also.

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      preesy chepuce

      Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      How many waiters, hotel room cleaners, and spa workers understand civil engineering?

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        Khun plastic

        Friday, November 13, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        They could easily be retrained as labourers,have you not seen that film bridge on the river kwai?

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Terrible idea, just terrible.

    Why is it that they want to destroy the beautiful simplicity of much of the country and turn it all into tourist-attracting garbage like Pattaya and Patong?

    Much of Koh Lanta is peaceful, local, natural…very Thai. Adding this idiotic bridge would turn the island into another crappy tourist grab.

    The island deserves a better future than this bridge would give it.

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      Don R

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Agreed. Koh Lanta is attractive because there is no bridge.

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        Khun plastic

        Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5:07 pm

        As overhead from a charter boat owner at the harbour.

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    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Allow me to decode this for you:

    in the works -> officials trying to figure out how to skim money from the project

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      preesy chepuce

      Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      I don’t believe that all officials are like that, if they were, the country would be raided to bankruptcy with all kinds of pointless civil engineering projects. There must be some conscientious people up there counterbalancing the ones who keep floating all these optimistic lottery ticket “plans”.

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        Khun plastic

        Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:25 pm

        They often likes getting gullible overseas companies involved to risk share/fleece.
        Look into the don mueang express way fiasco and that will tell you quite a bit about Thai buisssiness ethics.

        Often the overseas partners get fleeced thus stopping the country going bankrupt.

        It is not all Thai buisssiness peoples I agree but I feel the proportion of dishonest buissness practice in Thailand is very high.

        I also accept that western buissness practice is also corrupted.
        if you look at the thai,airbus and Rolls-Royce dealings in relation to the a340 my personal thoughts are quite a few people should be behind bars.

        sadly the law and justice are different thing’s.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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