Route 3 (Laos)

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Route 3
Route information
Part of
Maintained by Government of Laos
Length: 197 km (122 mi)
Major junctions
East end: Nateuy
Route 13, LAO.png Route 13
West end: Huai Xai
AB-Brücke.svg Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
 ThailandThai Highway-1152.svg Route 1152
Major cities: Nateuy, Luang Namtha, Huai Xia
Highway system
Roads in Laos

Route 3 is an important link in the north of Laos between China and Thailand. The 197 km route begins in the provincial capital Luang Namtha, Louang Namtha Province, Laos. It runs southwestwards reaching the provincial capital of Ban Houayxay, Bokeo Province, on river Mekong. On completion of the Fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge it will end there. China is interested in improving traffic routes to Southeast Asia, to be financed with together with Thailand. China has the main share in the expansion of highways in Laos. The Laotian section is part of the Kunming–Bangkok Expressway, which is part of the Asian Highway AH3.