An official at the Thai Embassy said Bangkok has "in principle" agreed
to provide around $20 million to upgrade Highway 48, which runs for 150 kilometers
between Koh Kong town and Sre Ambel. The money consists of a soft loan and a grant
element. The loan portion will enable the highway to be upgraded, while the grant
will pay for the construction of four bridges. The official said the two governments
were finalizing details before agreeing on a start date.