Will new train boost trade in Southeast Asia?

Cambodia recently reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with Thailand. I took the new train and wrote about it for Deutsche Welle.

Hang Sothanun in the train to Poipet. Photo: Ate Hoekstra

It’s slow and not as comfortable yet as trains in developed countries, but Cambodians were nonetheless proud when the first train in decades left the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for border town Poipet last month, effectively connecting the northern part of Cambodia with the south.   

This rail line will soon cross the border and connect with Thailand. It’s expected to become popular among travelers and boost trade between Thailand and Cambodia.

Sitting in the train to Poipet on a quiet Sunday morning, music teacher Hang Sothanun said that he’s happy that he can now take the train. “I have to travel all over the country, most of the time by bus or by car. But the train is really nice. It’s relaxing and it offers a very nice view of the countryside,” he told DW.

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