According to a report by the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Singkhorn Pass in Prachuap Khiri Khan province is in the process of being upgraded into a permanent border crossing point.
The checkpoint and border crossing, which features a market where various types of goods are traded on the Thai side, is located about 30 minutes west of the provincial capital and has been officially open to Thai and Myanmar nationals since last year.
A few kilometres west of the border in Myanmar is a small town called Mawdaung.
It has yet to be confirmed when nationals of other countries will be permitted to do official border crossings there.
Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan Public Works and Town & Country Planning Head Somboon Nuancharoen said that the agency had received a B240 million budget for the construction of the CIQ building at Singkhorn pass in provincial seat area to accommodate the economic growth and upgrade itself into the permanent border crossing point.
The province has been granted permission to use the land from the Forestry Department. The design of the building will reflect the unique Thainess.
The construction of the CIQ building will accommodate immigration, inspection and quarantine of people and goods crossing the Thai-Myanmar border.
In related news, the governor of Phetchaburi province, has revealed that there is a possibility that a new port could be built there as part of the proposed "East-West" ferry project which would link Phetchaburi Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi provinces with the Eastern Seaboard by sea.
Phetchaburi Governor Governor Sanit Khaosa-ard was speaking to media representatives on future transport development projects set to commence in the province, which is about two hours southwest of the Thai capital by road.
He said that the Marine Department is carrying out a study on the East-West Ferry project to decide whether a port should be built in Phetchaburi or Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Reports have circulated that the government's initially proposed site for the western seasboard port would be in Pranburi, south of Hua Hin.
As for the land transport, an elevated road will soon be built in Wang Manao District. Meanwhile, relevant agencies have signed a deal on the construction of a dual-track railway in Muang District. The governor explained that the dual-track railway system would avoid eviction. He submitted a letter to the State Railway of Thailand and the Ministry of Transport to request a budget.
The governor added that the Bangkok-Hua Hin high-speed train project would start next year. It is expected that these projects will enable Phetchaburi to become a transport hub and one the most livable cities in the country.