Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

Sihanoukville ferry perators upset at new gov’t charge

A directive ordering Sihanoukville ferry operators to pay $3 per ticket to the provincial government has been met with widespread displeasure, with ferry operators defaulting on payment and demanding that the policy be scrapped.

In a letter dated September 2, provincial authorities had said the money collected would be used for conserving and developing the coastline to “attract more tourists”.

“But until now, no one has agreed to pay,” said Cheab Sotheary, a provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc. “[The ferry operators] asked the authorities to abolish the policy because most tourists will probably complain that the tickets are expensive.”

Chem Samnang, who owns a boat in Sihanoukville, said businesses could not hike prices. “We spend so much [money] on petrol and servicing our boats, and the tourists [who bear the cost] are already complaining the ticket is expensive,” he said.

Provincial Governor Yun Min said the decision was an outcome of inter-ministerial discussions.

“We will hold more meetings to decide what to do with recalcitrant operators,” he added.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which