Khmer Times reports that a new customs and immigration terminal is planned at the Poipet International Border Gate in Banteay Meanchey province, on the Cambodian side of the common border with Thailand.
This is to cater to an expected increase of foreign tourists when the railway linking both countries is completed by the end of the year, said Minister of Tourism Thong Khon on Wednesday.
According to Mr. Khon’s Facebook posting, the new terminal will be built early next year and the plans have already been approved by relevant ministries and government departments.
Ngo Meng Chroun, Governor of Poipet City, said the new terminal will facilitate the crossing of train and bus passengers, and tourists.
“Tourists would be able to cross the border faster and enter Cambodia,” he told Khmer Times.
Travel by train between Thailand and Cambodia will start when the 6.5-kilometer cross-border railway is completed by the year’s end linking Poipet City in Banteay Meanchey province to neighboring Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province. The 6.5-kilometer railway line is funded by the Asian Development Bank.
On the Thai side, the State Railway of Thailand is refurbishing the track from Aranyaprathet station in Sa Kaeo province to the border at Ban Khlong Luek, which is opposite Poipet.