A commercial road connecting Thailand’s Trat province and Cambodia’s Veal Veng district in Pursat province is 90 percent complete and expected to be ready ahead of schedule according to the Pursat provincial administration.
Thailand’s government has spent almost $2 million in building the link between the two countries.
The road comprises four lanes and is 14 metres wide and 1.9 kilometres long. It is between border checkpoints in Tha Sen village, Lem Kat commune, Moeung district in the Trat province of Thailand and at National Road 55 (Thmor Da checkpoint) in Sangkom Thmey village, Thmor Da commune in Veal Veng district. Its construction followed approval by the Thai parliament of a request from the governor of Trat province made on Nov 27, 2019.
This trade route will become an important economic channel linking the countries’ trades and businesses, especially given the completion of Cambodia’s National Road 55, that has connected National Road 5 to Trat.
National Road 55 is 182 kilometres long and connects Pursat’s Veal Veng to Thmor Da (at the Cambodia-Thailand border).
Its construction cost of $132.8 million was funded by the Chinese government in cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Compensation Fund for tackling the impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and construction.