The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) has announced the launch of a free passenger train service from Sept. 23 to 26.
“On the occasion of the upcoming Pchum Ben Festival, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, in collaboration with Royal Railways, will provide a four-day free railway service for all passagers,” the ministry’s recent announcement said.
Tickets for the two railway lines will be distributed two days before the departure date at the Royal Railway Station in Phnom Penh and at provincial stations from 7 am to 5 pm, it added.
According to the announcement, the first line is from Phnom Penh to Battambang province crossing Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces, while the second one from the capital to Preah Sihanouk province passing through Takeo and Kampot provinces.
Earlier, Phnom Penh capital administration also announced to provide free bus services to help reduce the spending of people returning to their home villages during the annual Pchum Ben Festival.
Some 175 buses have been prepared for the free of charge transport service for five days, from Sept. 23 to 27, of which 120 buses are ready to transport people from Phnom Penh to provinces and 55 buses for transporting people in Phnom Penh.
“Pchum Ben” Festival or the Festival for the Dead, the second biggest festival for the Cambodian people in the entire country after the “Chaul Chhnam Thmei” (Khmer New Year), will be celebrated this weekend, from Sept. 24 to 26.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press