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Phnom Penh to Battambang - Train still running?

Posted by pollitoriquito on 27/5/2012 at 06:02

Hi all,

Will be going to the area with my girlfriend in late September and wanted to know if the train still runs to Battambang ?

We plan on arriving to Phnom Penh by boat from Vietnam, then if possible we'd like to take the "legendary" train to Battambang before continuing on to Siem Reap.

Any info will be greatly appreciated!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/5/2012 at 22:17 admin

No, unfortunately the train is no longer running.

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Posted by pollitoriquito on 29/5/2012 at 11:26

Damn, was really looking forward to it.

And are the bamboo trains still running in Battambang?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/5/2012 at 17:28 admin

As far as I know, yup :)

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Posted by KirstyB on 30/5/2012 at 05:46

Or you could wait until 2013 by which time the train new line from Poipet to Sihanoukville will supposedly be completed ;-) Can't imagine it being on schedule but you can see the tracks being laid between Poipet and Sisophon (so never say never!). In the meantime the thrill of the bamboo railway will have to suffice ........

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Posted by sayadian on 30/5/2012 at 06:22

What will be the route of this new train? Surely they would have to take it into Phnom Penh and link up with the line that's already running freight to S'ville.

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Posted by KirstyB on 30/5/2012 at 06:42

Yes, it'll be via PP - planned route is Poipet - Sisophon - Battambang - Pursat - Phnom Penh - Takeo - Kampot - Sihanoukville. I also read that restoration work on the old train station in PP is underway. It'll be cool when it is up and running although PP to S'ville will surely be slower than it is by road? .......

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Posted by sayadian on 30/5/2012 at 07:05

OK, I'll check out the restoration work when I get back on Wenesday.The frontage is still pretty immaculate though there's nothing behind that except track and some freight trains parked up.This city is moving way to fast for me.
As far as which is faster train or road;if the train is going via Kampot it will be slower because of the extra distance involved from Kampot to S'ville but I'll be pleased to use it from PP to S'ville as for the last year or so the buses haven't been following the straightforward route out of the city past the airport but have been going through the back streets (Stung Meanchey, I think) and that has put an extra hour on the journey.
Does anyone know why they take this circuitous route?

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Posted by Vickyjin on 12/6/2012 at 14:09

Train will open in Cambodia. but now bus is better than.

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