Battambang’s bamboo railway to keep on chugging

Bamboo train owners set up their carriage for a trip in Battambang province in 2015. Kimberley McCosker

Kong Meta, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 10 February 2017

Battambang’s famed “bamboo railroad” will keep rolling after all.

Authorities confirmed yesterday that the government is planning to rebuild the bamboo line in a new location after it is destroyed to make way for a full-service railway connected to Phnom Penh.

Ngoun Rattanak, spokesman for the provincial governor’s office, told The Post that tours on the railroad will first be halted at some point in the next two months.

“We will stop letting people ride the [railroad] when the construction team reaches the area,” Rattanak said, saying construction is currently advancing through Banteay Meanchey province.

“Now provincial authorities are looking for a new location, because we don’t want to lose it in Battambang for tourism,” he added.

Uch Omthiny Sara, director of the Battambang Tourism Department, had previously reported that 80 percent of visitors to Battambang ride the railroad. (more…)

Posted on: February 9, 2017 8:51 pm