Kunming–Bangkok Expressway

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Kunming–Bangkok Road
Simplified Chinese 昆曼公路
Traditional Chinese 崑曼公路
Kunming–Bangkok Expressway
Simplified Chinese 昆曼高速公路
Traditional Chinese 崑曼高速公路

Kunming–Bangkok Expressway is an international expressway running from Kunming, Yunnan province, People's Republic of China, to Bangkok, Thailand via Laos It was opened in 2008.[1]

The expressway is approximately 1,900 km (1,200 mi) in length; about 730 km (450 mi) is in Yunnan and about 250 km (160 mi) is in Laos. It is jointly funded by China, Laos, Thailand and the Asian Development Bank. It stretches south from Kunming to Xiaomenyang (16 km or 9.9 mi from Jinghong) and crosses the Lao border at Mohan. It traverses through jungle and highlands in southern Yunnan and Laos before entering Thailand at Chiang Khong. It continues southward, mostly as Thailand Highway 1 (named Phahonyothin Road), until it reaches Bangkok.

Section Length (km)1 National
Route
Status and comments
Yunnan, CN
Kunming – Yuxi 86 213 6-lane expressway completed (1999)
Yuxi – Yuanjiang 112 213 4-lane expressway completed (2000)
Yuanjiang – Mohei 147 213 Expressway Completed (Dec 2003)
Mohei – Simao 71 213 Expressway Completed (Apr 2011)
Simao – Xiaomenyang 97 213 Expressway Completed (Apr 2006)
Xiaomenyang – Mohan/Boten 217 213 Expressway Completed
LAO
Mohan/Boten (Yunnan) – Nateuy 20 Route 13 Expressway Completed
Nateuy – Luang Namtha 45 Route 13B Expressway Completed
Luang Namtha – Ban Houayxay 197 Route 3 Ferry across Mekong, Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge finished on December 11, 2013 [2]
TH
Chiang KhongChiang Rai 113 1020 Planned, Alt route 1174/1098/1173
Chiang Rai – Chai Nat 562 1 Divided highway (named Phahonyothin Road)
Chai Nat – Bang Pa-In 194 32 Divided highway
Bang Pa-In – Bangkok 49 1/31 Divided highway (named Phahonyothin Road & Vibhavadi Rangsit Road)

1Some distances on existing roads if expressway distances unavailable

Expressways also planned or under construction: Kunming to Mandalay (Burma) and Kunming to Hanoi (Vietnam).

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