After 14 Years, Cambodia Restarts Passenger Trains
Cambodia has restarted its passenger train services on one route after a gap of around 14 years.
On Saturday, the 1st service set out from the capital Phnom Penh for the tourist areas of south-west coast.
The service that will run only on weekends, had a VIP on board – Hun Sen, the veteran Prime Minister.
“The train & railway were almost totally destroyed by war more than 40 years ago,” he wrote in a post he posted on Facebook.
“Because our country is now at peace, we’ve the opportunity to rebuild our transport infrastructure.”
The journey from the Phnom Penh costs around $7 and takes around 8 hours. It will run to and from the coast once a day from Fridays to Sundays.
The country has hundreds of kilometers of track, however very little is open, after the decades of negligence.
The Cargo services restarted 3 years ago, along small stretches of track.