writing in the wake of the Thai government which has proposed building a road
from Buri Ram province in northeastern Thailand to Siem Riep.
country's (Cambodia) spirit of responsible sharing, I feel that the proposal has
disadvantages for us, if the proposal should be allowed to go
Firstly, tourists will not fly to Phnom Penh to visit Angkor Wat,
instead they will go by road via the Thai side. They might not stay in Cambodia
hotels since they can travel to Thailand very quickly. There might also be a lot
of theft of Cambodian national heritage and farmers may lose their
Secondly, Thailand would achieve a good image in the international
community. There may be tax collection problems and a flow of raw materials from
Cambodia to Thailand.
Finally there would be an increase of foreign
influence on Cambodia from Thailand.
At the same time I understand that
it is very important that Angkor Wat would become known to many more people in
the world and Cambodia would one have more road for her people.
order to overcome the problems I have raised, I have a couple of
- Thailand should enlarge the road from Poipet to Sisophon and from Sisophon
to Siem Reap. By doing so the Thais could have a lot of tourism access by road
to Siem Reap and the farmers would not lose as much land.
A fee could be
charged when entering from Thailand. Money would be invested in airline
companies and the prices should be kept low to encourage tourism. Thailand could
rebuild the airport in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap where it could cover the
other Cambodian Western provinces.
I would like to advise the government that please do not allow any airlines
to fly directly from Thailand or other countries to Siem Reap before landing in
Phnom Penh or elsewhere in Cambodia. If possible I would like Siem Reap airport
and hotels moved a little bit further from Angkor Wat so that taxis and other
tourism services could have greater access to the tourism market.
- Im Sarun, Battambang