The Cambodian train: too slow for a speed world


The Cambodian bamboo  train is an attraction, but it’s not what we expect.

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.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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