City Link Transport Company now provides a new, safe and modern bus service that will connect the region’s three main cities: Phonm Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, thanks to the new Tsubasa Bridge.
With 20 years successful experience in the Cambodian tourism industry, Mr Ho Vandy, co-founder and CEO of City Link said that their new bus was launched on 6 March 2015, one month sharp before the official opening of the Neak Loeung bridge or Spien Tsubasa in order to provide the best possible passenger experience.
Mr Vandy said that the new bridge across the Mekong River was a very suitable gift for the process of ASEAN economic integration. According to actual geography Spien Tsubasa makes Phnom Penh the middle point for transportation between the two big trade cities of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Spien Tsubasa connects National Road 1 west of Phnom Penh to Cambodia’s Bavet international border checkpoint with Vietnam. National Road 5 east of Phnom Penh connects to Poipet which is the international border crossing with Thailand.
Vandy added that he was optimistic that the new bridge will provide for ease of travelling, with customers spending less time and money which in turn will stimulate an increase in the number of tourists travelling by land across Cambodia.
The bus service, which includes a new modern bus imported from Germany, has been custom designed for the lengthy journey from Thailand to Vietnam.
Chhin Lim Heng, service manager of City Link Modern Bus, said the company is committed to comfort, safety and responsible passenger service by offering a modern luxury bus.
“We requested that the bus be equipped with large seats in order to provide maximum comfort. Usually the buses seat 45 passengers but City Link asked the suppliers to innovate and include only 17 seats with a very modern toilet,” he said.
“With big seats that are comfortable and soft, they can be reclined flat if the passenger wishes to sleep. They also feature a built in massage function with three different speeds and are adequately spaced so that passengers have plenty of room to themselves,” Lim Heng said.
Each seat has a personal TV screen with its own menu – passengers can choose from movies or games or music videos. The new buses are equipped with wifi so that customers can connect to the internet. Snacks are also provided.
Mr Lim Heng added that on each bus service there was a driver, attendant and driver’s assistant. The speed of which the bus travels strictly complies with the traffic laws of Cambodia and each bus has been fitted with a safety camera.
City Link is currently offering the new bus service from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville daily, with tickets costing $14 and $12 respectively.
Buses to distant provinces and to neighbouring countries will commence from late April/early May. From mid-April, customers will be able to book and choose their seats online, similar to airline travel. City Link also offers a luxury van service.