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Cambodia to open new border crossings

CAMBODIA plans to open three more border
crossings with Vietnam as part of a plan to double the number of
vehicles passing through the bilateral border, according to an official
from the Ministry of Public Works.

With four international gates
already open between the two nations, the three new crossings will
assist with tourism from the Kingdom’s eastern neighbour, according to
Va Sin Sorya, general director of the ministry’s Department of
Administration.

“These border [crossings] are mostly opening for
transporting tourists and Vietnamese nationals across the border to
visit Angkor Wat,” he said.

“We have agreed with Vietnam to open
seven border gates. We’ve already opened four – now, we’re opening
three more for transportation,” he said.

The three new border
gates include a crossing between Ratanakkiri and Vietnam’s Gia Lai
province, a crossing between Kratie and Binh Phuoc provinces, and a
crossing between Mondulkiri and Dak Nong provinces.

Cambodia’s
Deputy General Director of the Department of Transport Chan Dara had
lead a delegation to an annual conference in Vietnam on December 27,
where the two sides agreed to open the three new gates.

The move
to open more crossings would prove beneficial for both countries, but
would likely be quiet at first, according to Sok Chanmony, president of
the Cambodia Bus Association and owner of Paramount Tours.

“We welcome both governments agreeing to open the crossings – but at the moment, we will not cross there,” he said.

Paramount had tried crossing through Takeo and Kampong Cham borders, but had attracted few passengers, he said.

“Now, we only bring our passengers through Bavet International border [in Svay Rieng province],” he said.

The association would wait for the market to develop, and planned to beginning crossings as soon as was possible.

The Post could not obtain comment from Vietnam’s Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Phnom Penh Post
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