Cambodia-Thai-Vietnam bus service

Thailand has proposed Cambodia initiate a bus service that links the two countries and Vietnam which will strengthen connectivity between the Asean countries.

The proposal was made during a meeting between Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and his Thai counterpart Arkhom Termpittayapaisith in Phnom Penh late last week.

According to the ministry, the proposal was for a luxury bus service to link Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh cities.

“Minister Sun Chanthol gave the green light to the proposal and instructed ministry officials to work and discuss the project in detail,” said Va Simsorya, spokesman at the Transport Ministry.

“It is a good project that links people in three countries on one bus line,” said Mr Simsorya.

He, however, added that legal procedures needed to be first harmonised before the project could take off the ground.

“We need further talks with Thailand and Vietnam and we need to be sure under what platform it is going to happen, whether it is Asean or the Greater Mekong Subregion.”

Currently, Cambodia has bilateral transport agreements with Vietnam and Thailand with a frequent bus service from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to Bangkok.