The railway track extensions to the border in between Cambodia and Thailand are currently in progress.
The creation of the 6.5 km railway track known as the Pan Asian Railway Network is a breakthrough in terms of diplomacy for the countries of Thailand and Cambodia. There has been no rail link between Thailand and Cambodia since the 1970s. The arrangement of reopening a direct link is a major step in bilateral relations among these two countries. Both countries are allied through the membership of the ASEAN.
The improved and future international train connections in the Southeast Asian region is ultimately a convenient choice for people who Book a train in Thailand or Cambodia.
Cambodia’s Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chathol, met with Nuttavudh Photisaro who is Thailand’s Ambassador to Cambodia early this month to assure that the 6.5 railway line linking Poipet in Cambodia to the Thailand border near Aranyaprathet would be completed before the end of 2016.
Big plans to revive the railway network in Cambodia is also taking shape. On April 9th of this year, the passenger service in between Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville was restarted. This was previously suspended for 11 years.
Initial work is also in progress making the current railway track between Poipet and Phnom Penh safe and secure for travel.
If plans go well, it will be promising to travel directly from Bangkok all the way to Sihanoukville. Of course, the 6.5 km stretch of new trail coming from Poipet to Thailand’s border has to be finished first. Then, the remaining task is to renovate the current train lines constructed by the French Colonialist in the early 20th century.
Cambodia has other big railway ambitions too. They want to spread out the railway network northwards coming from Phnom Penh to the border of Laos. Also, they want to extend it to the Vietnamese border to link Ho Cho Minh city. Soon, it will be likely to go to Kumming in China by train. As a result, a direct train from Bangkok to Kumming China via Vietnam and Cambodia.