Vietnam builds coastal road link to Cambodia and Thailand


According to Vietnamese media sources, construction will begin next month on
a 220-km long coastal road in the Mekong Delta as part of an international
highway linking the country with Cambodia and Thailand, the project’s
management board recently announced.

Running through the provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang, the US$440 million
road will be built in cooperation with the governments of South Korea and
Australia, as well as the Asian Development Bank with its seat in Manila,

Once it is completed, the road will be part of a nearly 1,000-kilometer link
known as the Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam Southern Coastal Road Economic
Corridor, starting at Bangkok and ending at Ca Mau Province’s Nam Can

The road would create more opportunities for Kien Giang and Ca Mau to
develop their economies and promote tourism, according to Duong Tien Dung,
vice chairman of the Ca Mau’s People’s Committee.

ADB experts, meanwhile, said that as the road mainly ran through the three
countries’ poorest provinces, it would provide greater access to basic
social services for local people and encourage development of local