New HCM City-Phnom Penh Luxury Bus Service Launched
AKP Phnom Penh, May 22, 2012 –
Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and NagaWorld Group launched last weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam a luxury bus service between HCM City and Phnom Penh in an effort to attract more Vietnamese tourists to Cambodia.
Cambodian Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon, NagaWorld Group General Director Mr. Tan Sri Dr Chen Lip Keong and Vice Chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Committee Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong presided over the opening ceremony of a representative office of Naga Transport Ltd. in HCM City.
Addressing the event, H.E. Thong Khon said the development of tourism is inseparable from the facilitation of travel and transportation. The opening of a representative office of Naga Transport Ltd. in HCM City is very important in contribution to strengthening both countries’ tourism development cooperation, he added.
NagaWorld will provide six trips a day from HCM City to Phnom Penh and vice-versa by twenty luxury buses of 28-seat (video, massage seats, toilets) at an investment value of US$3 million.
The company is also planning to expand the bus service to Siem Reap province, home to Angkor temples, and to Preah Sihanouk coastal province.
NagaWorld also launched a three day-two night Free&Easy Tour for just US$125 per person, which includes luxury bus transportation from HCM City and back, accommodation at the five-star NagaWorld Hotel in Phnom Penh, six meals and a half-day city tour.
According to the Cambodian tourism minister, the Vietnamese tourists were ranked at the top list of foreign visitors to Cambodia last year with 600,000. For the first three months of 2012, almost 180,000 Vietnamese visited Cambodia.
Cambodia and Vietnam now have eight border checkpoints on land and two on water, said Vietnam News Agency (VNA), indicating that the two neighboring countries have reached a cross-border transportation agreement under which 19 companies are operating 39 trips with 300 buses that travel to and from HCM City to Phnom Penh every day.
By SOKMOM Nimul