Phnom Penh: The Royal Government of Cambodia plans to build a railway connecting Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City.
The Cambodia-Vietnam railway is planned to facilitate faster and more efficient transportation, which promotes economic growth.
HE Sun Chanthol stated that the railway connection between Cambodia and Vietnam will boost trade and economic development between the two countries. He said that rail transportation is very important to reduce road damage and to transport more goods. At the same time, it will be of benefit people and students who travel between the two countries. KPSBN
There is currently no railway connection between Vietnam and Cambodia. The French administration of Indochina originally built a railway from Saigon to Lộc Ninh in the 1930s, with the intent of extending it further into Cambodia. It was abandoned in 1945, at the start of the First Indochina War. A new line connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was proposed as part of the Kunming–Singapore Railway project, overseen by the ASEAN–Mekong Basin Development Cooperation (AMBDC). The 129 km (80 mi) Vietnamese portion of the line would begin with a junction of the North–South Railway at Dĩ An Railway Station, and would end in Lộc Ninh, Bình Phước Province, close to the Cambodian border. According to the plan established by ASEAN, this stretch is scheduled for completion by 2020. (Wikipedia)