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Phitsanulok to become the economic hub of CLMVT region

September 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

There are a lot of discussions these days on economic hubs in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) to connect the six countries of Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand, but it is not easy to decide, which town in Thailand should be the best possible choice to become the center of activities and developments. Nevertheless, looking on a geographical map of the region and also recognizing the aim of the new CLMVT tourism projects to connect the five countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Thailand, it becomes clear that there will be only one town to get all the advantages to consider: Phitsanulok!

After the completion of the North South Economic Corridor between Kunming in Yunnan and Bangkok, it is time to develop now the East West Economic Corridor (EWEC). This important highway starts in the Vietnamese deep sea port town of Da Nang at the rim of the South China Sea and then goes straight to Savannakhet in Lao PDR and to Mukdahan at the Mekong River in Thailand to continue to Khon Kaen, then Phitsanulok and via the border town of Mae Sot into Myanmar to end at Mawlamyaing at the Indian Ocean.

On this large stretch through the CLMVT region Phitsanulok is conveniently located right in the middle and at the crossroads with the already finished North South Economic Corridor. So, it will be easily possible to reach the booming cities of North Thailand and Bangkok from Phitsanulok and channel the future traffic from China to the south. Also, Cambodia can be easily reached via this highway. Furthermore, Phitsanulok will be the entrance point to the west to Myanmar, where the mega-cities of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay will be reached. With the co-operation of India, even the cities of Northeast India can be connected to this grid of connectivity.

After the ambitious plan of PM Prayuth of Thailand to develop the Northeast of Thailand (Isan) and connect it to the new industrial zone of the Eastern Seaboard, Khorat, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani will play a big role, when Chinese trains run between Kunming, Lao PDR and Isan in the future. Again, Phitsanulok is the place from where to connect easily to these cities. Phitsanulok is also conveniently located along the railway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

So it is obvious that Phitsanulok with its expanding Naresuan University will become the real hub of all these exciting developments, especially comprising CLMVT countries to grow together and prosper. Actually, there will be ITE HCMC on September 7-9, when the tourism ministers or representatives of these countries will come together to talk more on their co-operative activities and the potential tourism investments in their respective countries.

For information on ITE HCMC, please go to

Written by : Reinhard Hohler,

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