More and more Laotians are traveling to Thailand since the reopening of the Nong Khai border post. Before travel restrictions were lifted, about 300 Laotians visited Thailand daily. Today, that number has climbed to about 2,000 Laotians a day, according to the head of customs control at Nong Khai Customs, Pakin Tiabkam.
Pakin said 30,000 foreigners passed through the Nong Khai border checkpoint from May 9 to May 31. While many Laotians come to Thailand for business, Bangkok Post reported that many cars from Laos had gone to gas stations in Nong Khai to refuel before returning to Vientiane.
While the price of diesel in Thailand is currently 32.6 baht per litre, in Laos diesel is 40.4 baht per litre. Given the outrage in Thailand over the country’s skyrocketing fuel prices, it’s hard to imagine people from certain countries might travel to Thailand. for Fuel prices.
Meanwhile, Pakin said around 28,000 Thais traveled to Laos from May 9 to May 31. Nong Khai Customs said some Thais had smuggled gasoline into Laos to sell there.
Although Thailand’s fuel prices may be a better option for Laotians, Thais are not happy with it. As fuel prices in Thailand rise, some delivery drivers say the country’s attempted subsidies aren’t helping them much. Delivery workers have complained that the government discounts aren’t worth it when they have to travel long distances to get them.
Earlier this year, angry truckers rallied against soaring prices outside Government House in Bangkok.
THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post