With four international gates already open between the two nations, the three new crossings will assist with tourism from the Kingdom’s eastern neighbour, according to Va Sin Sorya, general director of the ministry’s Department of Administration.

“These border crossings are mostly opening for transporting tourists and Vietnamese nationals across the border to visit Angkor Wat,” he said.

“We have agreed with Vietnam to open seven border gates. We’ve already opened four – now, we’re opening three more for transportation,” he said.

The three new border gates include a crossing between Ratanakkiri and Vietnam’s Gia Lai province, a crossing between Kratie and Binh Phuoc provinces, and a crossing between Mondulkiri and Dak Nong provinces.

Cambodia’s Deputy General Director of the Department of Transport Chan Dara had lead a delegation to an annual conference in Vietnam on December 27, where the two sides agreed to open the three new gates.

The move to open more crossings would prove beneficial for both countries, but would likely be quiet at first, according to Sok Chanmony, president of the Cambodia Bus Association and owner of Paramount Tours.

“We welcome both governments agreeing to open the crossings – but at the moment, we will not cross there,” he said.

Paramount had tried crossing through Takeo and Kampong Cham borders, but had attracted few passengers, he said.

“Now, we only bring our passengers through Bavet International border in Svay Rieng province,” he said.

The association would wait for the market to develop, and planned to beginning crossings as soon as was possible.

The Post could not obtain comment from Vietnam's Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday.

By Soeun Say - The Phnom Penh Post - December 29, 2010

Vietnam, Cambodia to open more border gates

CAN THO - Viet Nam and Cambodia will open three new international border gates early next year to fulfil an agreement on road transportation between the two countries.

They will be in Le Thanh (Gia Lai Province, Viet Nam) - Oyadav (Andong Pich-Rattanakiri, Cambodia), Hoa Lu (Binh Phuoc) - Trapeang Sre (Snoul-Kratie), and Bu Prang (Dak Nong) - O Raing (Mundulkiri).

The plan was agreed upon at an annual conference between the leaders of Viet Nam's Directorate for Roads and Cambodia's General Department of Transport yesterday in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

With this development, there will be a total of seven international border gates linking the two countries, a target set by a bilateral Agreement on Road Transport signed in 1998.

At the conference, officials also signed an agreement to double the number of vehicles allowed to travel through the two countries' common border gates from 150 to 300 to boost bilateral trade and tourism.

They also agreed to expand the types of non-commercial vehicles allowed to travel through the border gates, and a plan to co-operate on route management projects.

A total of 32 transportation enterprises and units with 150 vehicles currently operate on Viet Nam-Cambodia routes. Of the 150 vehicles, 60 run the four major routes from Viet Nam's provinces of Tra Vinh, An Giang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia.

Vietnam News Daily - December 28, 2010