The Cambodian train: too slow for a speed world
The promises for a renovated Cambodian train as it was the dream during the French colonial period and after the independence, are just promises without any fulfillment. Probably ASEAN will help us in its realization, but today we still with a very slow train without a meaningful impact in the national life and its development. Probably the bamboo train in Battambang could be attractive for tourists as an aboriginal way to adapt to conditions, but it is also the proof that we really need a train.
The ancient project to give a rail system to Cambodia proposes a connection with the Thai and Vietnamese rail map and to the Sihanoukville port. We are under a current rescue of the rail, but its development is slow and the trains do not match the speed of modern globalization.
If there were a real interest in Cambodian modernization, the train should be one of those axes of development. It means to build high speed trains in a rather plain territory, something like the European trains with a minimum velocity of 250 kilometers per hour ! If such Cambodian high speed train exits, you could travel from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh in one hour. That would be the perfect way to give more importance to the only Cambodian international sea port and joining the international arena with a more competitive economy.