Airport bribes continue to plague visitors

International visitors to Cambodia are still being asked to hand over small bribes upon entering the country, despite promises over the past few years to stamp out the practice, the head of a tourism working group said he told the government during his last meeting ...

Huot Chanpav and Simon Henderson

Smooth road means more tourism for remote province

At the Coffee Resort in Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri province, business is booming. In just an hour, about 50 tourists, local and foreign alike, come through, ordering coffee or avocado shakes to go. Coffee beans and avocados grow well here, and now, thanks to ...

Phorn Bopha

New pier to attract tourists

Kampot province’s City Hall yesterday revealed plans for a new passenger pier to siphon more coastal tourism business from Thailand and Vietnam. Sim Vuthea, administrative director of Kampot City Hall, said the new $40 million passenger pier, which will be funded by the Asian Development Bank ...

Chan Muyhong

Foreigners, tourists to pay more for entry visas

Foreigners will have to pay additional costs to enter Cambodia following a government announcement earlier this week that visa fees will increase by $10 starting in October. Tourists will have to pay $30 for a one-month entry visa and business visitors $35, up from the $20 ...

Kang Sothear

Ad spending sees hike in budget for tourism

The Cambodian government has budgeted $3.5 million for tourism-related advertising and promotions in 2014, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said yesterday. “This year the budget has reached $3.5 million dollars, half of the total budget for the ministry as we will host PATA Travel Mart 2014,” ...

Chan Muyhong

As free man, Polonsky plans tourism mecca

Sergei Polonsky, a Russian fugitive and former billionaire real estate magnate who was recently released from prison in Cambodia, has grand plans for a string of islands off the coast of Sihanoukville. Less than a month after the Supreme Court refused to extradite him to Russia ...

Joshua Wilwohl

Hoteliers Are Warming Up to Phnom Penh

Compared to the bustling tourist center of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh has long stood in second place as an investment destination for international hotel operations. But as infrastructure slowly improves and the number of visitors to the capital continues to grow, international hotel chains are taking ...

Emily Wilkins

Cambodia Listed as a Top Retirement Destination

Cambodia has for the first time made it onto the Global Retirement Index, a yearly list of the world’s top retirement locations. The list, compiled annually for the past 30 years by International Living Magazine, compares countries throughout the world across a range of categories including ...

Simon Henderson

Hong Kong offers visa free travel to officials

Cambodian diplomats and a range of government officials can now travel to Hong Kong without a visa and stay for 14 days under a new exemption agreement with the commercial Chinese city, officials said. The new exemption took effect on June 1, according to a statement ...

Juneyao Airlines tries flights from Shanghai

Private Chinese carrier Juneyao Airlines is planning to launch direct flights from Shanghai to Cambodia as soon as this month. The move – which has been labelled unrealistic – would also see the airline potentially break into the monopolised route from the Chinese city. The Shanghai-based ...

Ministry: election won’t hurt tourist numbers

While tourism in Cambodia has historically slowed in advance of general elections, tourism leaders in the government and private sector have said they expect this year’s July elections to have little impact on tourist arrivals.  Tourism numbers dipped by 10.9 per cent for the 2003 ...

Sihanoukville Runs Dry During Water Crisis

A water shortage in the tourist town of Sihanoukville has led authorities to advise scores of businesses to dig their own wells as only 50 percent of local demand is currently being met after high temperatures dried up the water supplier’s only reservoir. On March ...

Tourism not affected by Preah Vihear fighting

Preah Vihear temple may have been the scene of the country’s heaviest military engagement in recent years, but visitors have not been scared off by the confrontation, according to local tourism officials. Kong Vibol, Preah Vihear provincial director of the department of tourism, claimed that his ...

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