Border trade with the Lao PDR in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom was vigorous at the start of the New Year festival, with a large number of Lao having crossed the border to buy goods on the Thai side.
Markets at the Thai-Lao border in Nakhon Phanom were vigorous as Lao traders came to buy and order goods for resale in their hometowns during the New Year festival. They also brought farm products to sell on the Thai side.
As a result, exports at the Thai-Lao border in Nakhon Phanom doubled from 4-5 million baht to 10 million baht.
All agencies concerned were instructed to set up checkpoints to prevent smuggling illegal items along the border during the New Year.