Since April 6, Phnom Penh city is linked by a public ferry service that has been well received by users.
Phnom Penh is suffering increasingly of traffic jam which turns driving inside the Cambodian capital into a nightmare. A new public water transport on the Tonle Sap River is due to relieve -a bit-congestion.
Cambodians experience ten days ago the inaugural of the first public boat service in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The city emulated Bangkok famous express boat service on the Chao Praya River, which has been a true success for both commuters and tourists.
Except that the operation of the new boat service in Phnom Penh is still relatively tiny. They are only five stops for the start with stops at five places within the capital’s boundaries: Russey Keo Port, Old Market, Chaktomuk and Chbar Ampov on the other side of the Tonle Sap river- and one stop in nearby Takhmao city in Kandal province.
“We will continue to build more terminals with plan to have 15 stops in the long term,” ministry spokesman Va Sim Sorya said recently to the Phnom Penh Post. The boat service would eventually go up to far north in Prek Pnov District.
The boats are rather comfortable, offering seating for 50 to 60 passengers as well as air conditioning. The company has a fleet of three boats with rides being offered between 6 am and 5:30 pm. Depending of the time of the day, they are between one and two boats circulating between the five stations. Travel time takes up to 50 minutes.
They are plans to add three more boats before the end of the year and offer more rides per hour with extended operation times.
Free rides are offered until the end of July. From August, the ferry company will charge Riel 5,400 (US$1.40).
The ferry service is part of many new public transportation options in the Kingdom. Recently, a new rail link has been launched from Phnom Penh city centre to the airport and from the Thai border to Battambang via Poipet.