First trains in 45 years since the brutal Khmer Rouge re-open between Bangkok and Cambodia


Footage shows trains between Bangkok and Cambodia re-opening for the first time in 45 years today - decades after the brutal Khmer Rouge caused the line to close.

The track was first built in the 1940s but was halted after the Second World War and several regional disputes before starting up again in 1970.

Fears over the deadly Communist regime, the Khmer Rouge, saw the route close in 1974 before Pol Pot's murderous dictatorship inflicted mass genocide on the country throughout the late 1970s.

The line had remained closed and fallen into disrepair since then. But the two neighbouring countries have finally laid on trains to cater to vast numbers of migrant workers and travellers.

They hope that twice daily routes will help boost tourism and trade between Thailand and Cambodia.

The trains will run between the Hua Lamphong Terminal in Bangkok and Ban Klong Luk Border Station in Sa Kaeo province four times a day, with two trips in each direction.

Trains leave Bangkok twice a day at 5.55am and 1.05pm while departing Ban Klong Luk at 6.58am and 1.53pm. The journey takes about five hours.

The footage was captured yesterday (July 1).