Thailand"s Kra Canal
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Published by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore .
Written in English



  • Kra Canal, Thailand.


  • Kra Canal, Thailand.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 75-82.

Statementby M. Rajaretnam.
SeriesResearch notes and discussions paper ;, no. 8
LC ClassificationsTC713.T48 R34
The Physical Object
Pagination82 p. :
Number of Pages82
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4087594M
LC Control Number79940854

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The Kra Canal. The Thai Canal, also known as Kra Canal refers to proposals for a canal that would connect the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea across the Kra Isthmusin southern Thailand. The idea of a Canal at the site has been proposed since 16 th century and in modern times since the s, but has never materialized due to high cost environmental repercussions and geo strategic. An Asian equivalent of the Suez or Panama canals, the so-called Kra Canal would slice through the Malay peninsula some km south of Bangkok and about km north of Thailand’s border with Malaysia, linking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea at roughly the same latitude as the resort island of Phuket. In the year , Thailand’s Kra canal gathers attention of world when Chinese and Thai officials had a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the Kra canal construction, which is yet to be signed. It mentions that this project [5] will cost about $28 billion – for kilometers long : Saumya Joshi. The Kra Canal would not only transform Thailand into a regional maritime centre that could trump the Singaporean and Malaysian port hubs along the Malacca Strait. It would also serve as a critical artery of China’s Maritime Silk Road, now part of the country’s “One Belt, One Road” blueprint.

The establishment of a Kra Canal in Thailand may soon become a reality as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The canal would permit ships to bypass the Malacca Strait, a crucial. The idea of the Kra Canal, a transoceanic trade canal across Thailand’s Kra Isthmus that would connect the Indian and Pacific Oceans, has been mooted by Thai governments for some years since the reign of King Narai in the comprehensive book is probably the first to piece together that long history, from pre-modern times through the colonial era to the present day.   Seen as an Asian equivalent of the Suez or Panama canals, the so-called Kra canal would save at least kilometres, or two to three days .   The Kra canal project has been proposed and put on hold many times over the past three centuries. The latest effort comes in conjunction with China's Belt and Road Initiative, and has drawn both support and scepticism from within and outside Thailand. ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute senior fellow Ian Storey examines three potential game changers for the project.

  The Kra canal is being seen as the Asian equivalent of the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal. The proposed km canal would connect the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea across Southern Thailand providing an alternative to transit through the Malacca Straits, thereby reducing the distance by Nautical miles and the sailing time by 48 hours.   If Thailand created it, the canal would shorten voyages from Europe to China by 1,km and end Singapore's status as a top sea hub. "I've been hearing about this canal . Thailand's move on Kra Canal alarms New Delhi as route will boost Chinese naval power in Indian Ocean The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered the country's National Security Council to begin examining the feasibility of proposals to build the km Kra Canal, which would slash 1, km off the route Chinese warships now take to reach South Asian ports.   By Michael Billington. In October , EIR and the Fusion Energy Foundation, both founded by Lyndon LaRouche, held a conference in Bangkok, co-sponsored by Thailand’s Ministry of Transportation and the Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF), part of Japan’s Mitsubishi Research Insti-tute, promoting the construction of a sea-level canal across the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand.