Thursday . June 20 . 2019
         
 
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Faster overland route to Angkor Wat
 
Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok  (2005-12-06)

TOURISTS visiting Angkor Wat by car can expect shorter travelling distance as Cambodia has already begun constructing a new Poi Pet and Siem Reap road, slated to complete by end 2008.

The 147km route costs around US$42 million and is financed under a loan programme supported by the Asian Development Bank.

Travelling time on the existing road from Poi Pet opposite the Aranyaprathet district in Thailand to Angkor Wat currently takes around six to seven hours. The new road is expected to help shorten the time to between two and three hours.

Cambodia Transport Minister, Mr Sun Chanthol, said the number of tourists arriving at Angkor Wat would triple when the route is completed. Currently, around 1,000 tourists travel daily by car to Siem Reap.

 
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