Thailand and Cambodia will launch the first bus services linking Bangkok with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in the next two weeks. The first bus service between the two countries will debut on Dec 29, said The Transport Co, a state enterprise under the Transport Ministry.
The service includes the Bangkok-Siem Reap route, a 424-kilometre trip that takes about seven hours. The two countries will provide two trips a day. The fare will be 750 baht or US$25.
The Bangkok-Phnom Penh service, covering 719km and taking 11 hours, will run once a day with a fare of 900 baht or $30.
Air-conditioned buses will serve both routes, which will run through Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo province.
Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat, is the most popular tourist destination for Thai and foreign travellers visiting Cambodia.
Transport Co managing director Wutthichart Kalayanamit signed an agreement with Natthakarn (Cambodia) Co at the state enterprise's head office in Bangkok on Friday.
Transport Co plans to eventually provide as many as 20 trips a day on both routes if needed to meet the rising demand of travellers between the two countries.
Niyom Waiyaratpanich, vice-president of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the Thai-Cambodian bus routes reflected the goal of Asean to build more links among its 10 members.
The new bus routes will help accommodate an expected upturn in travel when the Asean Economic Community is launched in late 2015, he added.