South Korea will conduct a feasibility study for a new railway connecting Vientiane in Laos and southern Vietnam. The proposed track would link Vientiane, the Laotian capital to Vung Tau, 120 km south of Ho Chi Minh City, according to the Vientiane Times newspaper. The rail link would have a 500-km length and pass through Borikhamxay and Khamouane provinces as well as Central Vietnam.
The study will be financed through a US$3 million grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency with the conclusion being hand over to the Laotian government in 2017.
Laos is now embarked into the development of railways to help providing an access to its neighbours as well as to the sea to the landlocked country. China is providing a controversial loan of US$ 7.2 billion for a high speed train project due to link Kunming to Vientiane and further to Nong Khai in Thailand. Another link has been attributed to Malaysia for a 220 km rail link which would connect Savannakhet to Lao Bao in Vietnam with further continuation to Danang, the main city of Central Vietnam. The project was due to be completed by 2018 but it is now delayed and could be finished around 2020.
Laos has currently only 4 km of rail, linking a suburb of Vientiane to Nong Khai in Thailand.