T he government has agreed to reopen the Thai-owned Floating Hotel but said the
business contract may have to be renewed, according to a spokesman of the
Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
"The government has agreed in
principle with the resumption of the Floating Hotel," said ministry spokesman
The hotel first opened under the former State of Cambodia
government which allowed Chaktomuk Theater on the riverbank to be used as part
of the hotel premises.
When the new government came into office after
the election, the four-story ship was ordered out and has been empty and
anchored near Chroy Changwa bridge for nearly two years.
managing director of the Orlan Travel-owned hotel, and Thai embassy officials
met on Sep 14 with Minister Ing Kieth to discuss new operational sites for the
Samith said Keith offered the company two possible locations:
either on the Mekong River east of Chroy Changwa bridge or off Hun Sen Garden
adjacent to Naga casino.
He said the government had no objection to the
company's preference of the spot south of Naga casino, however warned of the low
three-meter water level in the dry season.
To avoid being bogged the ship
needed the clearance depth of up to eight meters. This could be achieved by
pumping silt from the bottom of the river but that method was costly and a
burden on the company, Samith said.
"Pumping the silt should be carried
out on a large scale otherwise the site would get quickly refilled. Pumping will
cost millions of dollars," he said.
The other site east of the bridge has
a permanent depth of eight meters, he said.
No final decision has been
made, but the company would start work to inspect the sites.