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Cambodia: The Kingdom of Wonder brightly shining at TTM+ 2017

July 8, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

As one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in ASEAN and the GMS countries, the Kingdom of Cambodia has a wide range of cultural and natural resources. Some 16 million people, mostly Khmer, live in the capital Phnom Penh and 24 other provinces. There are 3 International Airports, namely in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Also, there are 12 border crossings with the Kingdom of Thailand, 2 border crossings with Lao PDR and 9 border crossings with Viet Nam. Recommended places to visit are the following:

–         Phnom Penh: Wat Phnom, Royal Palace, National Museum, King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s Royal Pavilion and Independence Monument, Central Market, Russian Market, Choeng Ek Memorial and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. The Riverfront at the Tonle SapRiver is the place to be and river cruises to the Mekong River can be arranged.

–         Kandal Province: Ta Khmau, Phnom Oudong and Koh Dach. Kien Svay is nice for picnic. Garment factories abound.

–         Takeo Province: Tonle Bati, Ta Prohm Temple, Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, Phnom Chisor, Angkor Borei, Phnom Da Temple and Phnom Bayang.

–         Prey Veng Province: Ba Phnom Temple, Road to Svay Rieng and Viet Nam.

–         Svay Rieng Province: Parrot’s Peak and Bavet border town

–         Kep Province: Crab Market, Koh Tonsay Island and Kep National Park. Road to Ha Tien in Viet Nam.

–         Kampot Province: Central Market, Bokor National Park, Toek Chhou Rapids, Pepper Farm, Salt Field and Kampong Trach Caves.

–         Preah Sihanouk Province: Sihanoukville, Ochheuteal Beach, Sokha Beach, Independence Beach and Ream National Park. Wat Leu and Wat Krom.

–         Kampong Speu Province: Kirirom National Park.

–         Koh Kong Province: Koh Sdach, Peam Krasop Mangroves, Koh Kong beaches and Ta Tai Waterfall. Road to Trat in Thailand.

–         Pursat Province: Wat Bakan and Kampong Luong Floating Village.

–         Kampong Chhnang: Tonle Sap River.

–         Battambang Province: Central Market, Wat Ek Phnom, Phnom Banan and Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. Road from Battambang to Pailin.

–         Pailin Province: Gem mining and casinos at the Thailand border.

–         Banteay Meanchey Province: Banteay Chhmar Temple, Road from Sisophon to Poipet and border to Thailand.

–         Oddar Meanchey Province: Samraong, Anlong Veng and Dangrek Mountains.

–         Siem Reap Province: Pub Street, Night Market, Cultural Village, Angkor National Museum, Angkor Panorama Museum, Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Baphuon Temple, Elephant Terrace, Preah Khan Temple, Ta Prohm Temple, Banteay Srei Temple, Kulen Mountain, Kbal Spean, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap villages.

–         Preah Vihear Province: Tbeng Meanchey, Preah Vihear Temple, Bakan Temple and Koh Ker archaeological site.

–         Kampong Thom Province: Stung Sen, Central Market, Phnom Santuk, Prasat Andet, Prasat Kuhak Nokor and Sambor Prei Kuk.

–         Kampong Cham Province: Wat Nokor, Phnom Pros Phnom Srei, Phnom Han Chey Pagoda along the Mekong River.

–         Tbong Khmum Province: Banteay Prei Nokor and Memot Pepper Farm.

–         Kratie Province: Kampi Dolphin Resort, 100-Pillar Pagoda, Phnom Sambok and Koh Trong Island.

–         Stung Treng Province: Thala Barivat Temple, Virak Chey National Park and Stung Treng Women’s Development Center. Road to Pakse in Lao PDR.

–         Rattanakiri Province: Banlung, Yeak Loam Lake and Cha Ong Waterfall.

–         Mondulkiri Province: Sen Monorom, Bou Sra Waterfall and tribal villages.

Traditional dances, Khmer martial arts, and festivities such as the Khmer New Year, Royal Ploughing Ceremony and Water Festival as well as the Khmer cuisine make Cambodia the Kingdom of Wonder.

During TTM+ 2017 in Chiang Mai on 14-16 June, it was up to Mr. Prak Vuthy, Deputy Director of Marketing & Promotion Department, Ministry of Tourism, to highlight the tourism potential of Cambodia. There were 6 booths to distribute promotional brochures and a delegation of 20 people, including some “apsara” dancers, to attract visitors to come to Cambodia, which had counted some 5 million visitors in 2016.

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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