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Price war keeps bus fares low

Price war keeps bus fares low

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Chhor Chomnan of Sorya Transportation. Stuart Alan Becker

Cambodia’s largest bus company, Sorya Transportation, offers a 5.5 hour air-conditioned service from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for $10.

The low fares are the result of heavy competition in the bus business, according to Chhor Chomnan, assistant of CEO and director Chan Sophana.

Sorya Transportation has 100 busses and more than 200 employees.

“Our company is the best in Cambodia for transport. We have air conditioned busses, insurance, professional drivers, insurance and good safety,” he said.

The most popular route is Sihanoukville, with seven busses per day starting at 7 a.m. and going to 5:54 pm and the price is 19,000 Riel, or about $4.50.

“We work hard to be on time,” Chhor said.

Sorya Transportation has four terminals, at Central Market, near Olympic Market, at Psar Doumkor Market near the Intercontinental Hotel and at Boeung Salang.

“There are a lot of competitors now and there is price fighting in the market. We want to improve the passenger confidence and deliver a high level of service,” Chhor said.

Sorya Transportation busses are made in Taiwan and Korea.

The most popular routes are Sihanoukville, Siam Reap, Battambong, Ho Chi Minh City and Kampong Cham.

“According to our increasing number of passengers and according to the drivers who carry out the service, and we can say we have the best service,” Chhor said.

The busses are maintained in Sorya Transportation’s two-hectare maintenance facility.

“Our mechanics check the busses before every trip,” Chhor said.

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