Published on : Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Facilitating cross-border trade and boost tourism between Thailand and Cambodia, train service between Thailand’s capital Bangkok to the Baan Khlong Luek station bordering Cambodia, started running on Monday (yesterday).
The service was launched by State Railway of Thailand (SRT) with four trains per day, two in each direction.
Train service in the Cambodian side is yet to be launched, so far. Cambodia re-opened the 370-km railway stretch from its capital Phnom Penh to the Thailand border last year. This facilitated recommencing railway services between the two countries.
The route, which runs from Aranyaprathet railway station in eastern Thailand’s Sa Kaew Province to the Baan Khlong Luek border checkpoint, also known as Rong Kluea Market, commenced service at 6:58 am local time.
The extension of the route follows an agreement signed by Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, in April, to jointly operate the train service linking the two countries.
Under the agreement, the repaired rail link between Aranyaprathet in Thailand and Poipet in Cambodia reopened on April 22, 46 years after it was closed in a civil war that destroyed Cambodia’s railway infrastructure.