Like any post authorities around the world, providing only postal services today does not generate sufficient profit to maintain a public service. State-owned postal service Cambodia Post is now looking at increasing its revenues and just launched a point-to-point van service earlier this week to try to tap into a growing demand for domestic transportation from passengers.
Cambodia Post acquired 10 brand new vans to offer daily services out of Phnom Penh to the Kingdom’s main provinces such as Battambang, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville or Svay Rieng. Prices for a ride fluctuate between US$5 and US$14, depending on the distance. Post management indicates that its prices will be lower than competition. Vans leave Phnom Penh from the Central Post in the city centre.
Cambodia Post’s investment represented US$360,000 for the acquisition of the ten vans. Another 10 vehicles are due to be added by next year. The vans will have seats for 12 passengers and also accommodate express mail. Cambodia has more than 10 official licensed bus transportation companies.