Cambodian infrastructure has developed apace in recent years, with Chinese backing. On Aug. 22, longtime dictator Hun Sen handed over prime ministerial power to his son, Hun Manet, and looks set to establish a “cloistered government,” under which the country’s pro-Chinese stance, including embracing Chinese-language media, is likely to continue.
The yet-to-open Dara Sakor International Airport in Koh Kong Province sits near the Thai border, an about five-hour drive from Phnom Penh.
The facility, which a Chinese company has been developing since 2017, boasts a more than 3,000-meter runway that is capable of accommodating large passenger aircraft. However, the airport’s planned opening this year is likely to be delayed.