Thailand and Cambodia strike bus deal

A direct bus route between Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, and its Cambodian counterpart Phnom Penh has been opened.

Under the terms of the agreement struck between the two nation’s tourism ministers, Cambodia has been given permission to issue licences to 30 buses and ten trucks, while Thailand will give licenses to up to 30 trucks and ten buses, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

Craig Steffensen, country director of the Asian Development Bank’s Thailand Resident Mission, believes the move will provide an economic and tourism boost to both countries.

“Today’s launch will … facilitate economic growth and social development between Thailand, Cambodia and other Mekong nations,” he said.

It is understood the bus route will pass through Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet International Checkpoint as it makes its way on the approximately 800km journey between the ‘City of Angels’ (Bangkok) and the ‘Charming City’ (Phnom Penh), which lies to the south east across the Gulf of Thailand.

Written by Ruth Norris

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