Land transport in Cambodia


The overall length of the highways over the country is approximately 45,000 kilometers. The major highways are the Highway No.1 (from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam), Highway No.4 (from Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Port), Highway No.5 (from Phnom Penh to the boundary areas of Thailand via Battambang) and Highway No.6 (from Phnom Penh to Angkor Monuments in Siem Reap).

The major traffic lines of Cambodia are converged in the central plain area and the drainage basin of the Tonle Sap Lake, while the traffic of the north Cambodia and the mountainous areas in south Cambodia is undeveloped. There are long distance coaches connecting the major cities. Due to the narrow roads, terrible road conditions and weak sense of traffic safety of the local people, traffic accidents take place frequently.

In Cambodia, renting a car makes it convenient to go sightseeing, but a driver is required. The foreigners who want to drive in Cambodia should have a local driving license. It's forbidden to drive the foreign-registered cars in Cambodia in principle, except for special situations.

Once there were two railways. One is the railway from Phnom Penh to Poipet with an overall length of 385 kilometers and it can reach Bangkok. The other one is the railway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville with an overall length of 270 kilometers. They used to be the two traffic arteries, but now they are out of repair for years and the transport capability is low.

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