The northeast province of Surin has announced the extension of working hours of permanent checkpoint on Thai-Cambodian border following the cabinet approval recently.

Due to the improving ties between Thailand and Cambodia after the ruling of the International Court of Justice over the decades-long Preah Vihear dispute, the Thai government has ordered all five permanent checkpoints on the Thai-Cambodian border to extend their office hours to accommodate growing trades and tourism between the two countries.

According to Surin Governor, Nirun Galayanamit, Chong Jom which is one in the five major checkpoints will be opened for an additional three hours daily; beginning Wednesday, January 8. The border checkpoint office will be open at 6 am instead of 7 am, and closed at 10 pm instead of 8 pm.

The governor said authorities such as customs officers were 100 per cent ready to service Thais and foreigners. The extension of the working hours is part of Thailand's integration into the ASEAN Economic Community, which will be completed in 2015.

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