Cambodia – Tourism feels shifting axis

the-beauty-of-cambodia

While Vietnamese visitors continued to top the list of international tourist arrivals to Cambodia in 2016, their numbers dipped as the number of Chinese tourists continued to surge and looks set to take the top notch this year, according to newly released Tourism Ministry annual figures.

The data showed total tourist arrivals from Vietnam fell 3 percent to 950,000 last year, while Chinese arrivals surged 19 percent to 830,000 over the same period.

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA), expressed confidence that China would soon overtake Vietnam as the main source of the Kingdom’s tourists.

“Following the strengthening of the relationship between Cambodia and China and the government’s strategy to promote more Chinese tourist arrivals, China will soon be the leader for tourism visits in Cambodia,” she said yesterday.

Sivlin noted that the Ministry of Tourism still needs to increase the number of direct flights to the Kingdom in order to reach the country’s target of welcoming 7 million tourists by 2020, including 2 million Chinese visitors.

“Compared to neighboring countries, the number of international arrivals is still small because the shortage of direct flights is limiting international arrivals,” she said. “The government needs to speed up the process of approving direct flights to reach its tourism goals.”

According to the Ministry of Tourism, total tourist arrivals topped 5 million in 2016, from 4.8 million a year earlier, while total revenue from tourism decreased to $3 billion in 2016, from $3.5 billion in 2015.

Sivlin said one reason for the decline in tourism revenue was a failure to recognise the changes in tourist demographics. She pointed to the high number of souvenir products sold in the country imported from China, Vietnam and Thailand, which were difficult to sell when many tourists came from those same countries.

“We sell souvenir products that are not produced locally, and this is not attractive to international visitors when they know it is from their country,” she said.

Ang Kim Eang, general manager of Great Angkor Tours, said the marginal decline in Vietnamese arrivals had no significant impact on the tourism sector as most Vietnamese visitors arrive by bus and do not spend large sums of money. On the other hand, the higher number of Chinese tourists was good news for Cambodia as they tend to be more prolific spenders.

“Chinese tourism offers great potential for the local tourism sector because they like to spend a lot on entertainment services,” he said.

And with China’s outbound tourists topping 122 million last year, far more than the entire population of Vietnam, government initiatives to attract a larger share to Cambodia are hardly surprising.

“Chinese tourists are one of the main targets for promoting the Cambodian economy,” Eang said.

Source: PhnomPenhPost

We take you to the Pearls of the Orient

CAMBODIA Siem Reap – Here you will find influences of French colonial and Chinese architecture. With the Tuk Tuk service to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, to visit Angkor Ta Prohm, one of the famous temples of Cambodia. In the afternoon with a Jeep to the Angkor Wat Temple. MYANMAR Mandalay – After arriving…

via Pearls of the Orient — NEWS & TRAVEL GURU MAGAZINE

White Boutique (4 Star) Hotel, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Banner HotelsCombined 2Most safe booking program

White Boutique Hotel 1

White Boutique Hotel offers colonial-style accommodation in the Otres-2 Beach district of Sihanoukville. The hotel features an outdoor natural stone swimming pool and a private beach where views of the sunset can be enjoyed. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

White Boutique Hotel 2

All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a king-sized bed, while the twin rooms offer 2 single beds. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries.

White Boutique Hotel 3

From the property, it is 11.2 km to arrive at the city centre of Sihanoukville. It is a 26.9 km drive from the hotel to Ream National Park and 16 km to Sihanoukville Airport. Phnom Penh takes a 4-hour drive and Siem Reap is an hour’s flight away.

White Boutique Hotel 4

Airport transfers and shuttle services can be arranged upon request at an additional charge.

White Boutique Hotel 5

The on-site restaurant serves European and Khmer cuisine, and offers homemade lemonade and jams.

White Boutique Hotel 6

This property is also rated for the best value in Sihanoukville! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

White Boutique Hotel 7
White Boutique Hotel 8
White Boutique Hotel 9

Visit also our other “BEST HOTELS” Sites

White Boutique Hotel 10a

White Boutique Hotel 10b

White Boutique Hotel 10

White Boutique Hotel 11

*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪(Flight) #‎Bookings

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
PATTAYA-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

TRIPADVISOR

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Raffles (5 Star) Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Banner HotelsCombined 2Most safe booking program

Le Royal 1

Blending luxury with old-world charm, Raffles Hotel Le Royal features accommodations with private balconies offering pool or garden views. It also boasts a spa and 7 dining options.

Le Royal 2

Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, Raffles Hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Phnom Penh International Airport. Royal Palace and the National Museum are one kilometer away.

Le Royal 3

Spacious air conditioned rooms at Raffles are equipped with a TV with cable channels and a minibar. Private bathrooms come with a hairdryer. 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi access are available.

Le Royal 4

Guests of Raffles Le Royal can take a dip in the outdoor lap pool, relax in the sauna or exercise in the fitness center. Other facilities include a business center and a tour desk.

Le Royal 5.jpg

Restaurant Le Royal serves modern French and Khmer dishes, while The Conservatory features sandwiches, pastries and drinks. Both venues offer live classical music in the evenings.

Le Royal 6

Café Monivong features all-day dining with a buffet and a full dining menu. Le Phnom offers books and Cambodian souvenirs, along with tea-time snacks. Drinks and light snacks are served at Writer’s Bar, Elephant Bar and Poolside Terrace.

Le Royal 6a

Daun Penh is a great choice for travelers interested in markets, museums and sightseeing.

Le Royal 7

This is our guests’ favorite part of Phnom Penh, according to independent reviews.

Le Royal 9

This property is also rated for the best value in Phnom Penh! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Le Royal 10

*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪(Flight) #‎Bookings

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
PATTAYA-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

TRIPADVISOR

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Phum Baitang (5 Star) Resort, Siem Reap Cambodia

HOTELSCOMBINED BANNER 2
BOOKING at HOTELSCOMBINED (All in One)

Phum Baitang 1

True to the meaning of its name “green village”, Phum Baitang offers quiet accommodation nestled amidst private, lush gardens and rice fields. Phum Baitang features a 50 m outdoor infinity pool, a spa and wellness centre and a barbecue area. 

Phum Baitang 2

The property boasts 45 spacious wood-and-stilt villas and is equipped with a children’s playground. Guests can enjoy meals at one of the two in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.

Phum Baitang 3

Phum Baitang is 3 km away from the vibrant Pub Street. The renowned Angkor Wat is 7 km away, while Angkor Night Market is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Siem Reap – Angkor International Airport, is a 6 km-drive. The property offers complimentary airport transfers and shuttle services.

Phum Baitang 4

Some villas offer a private terrace while others are fitted with a private plunge pool. Villas are fully-furnished with traditional Cambodian decor. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. 

Phum Baitang 5

Enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the pool or garden. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a hot tub. Conveniences include bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. The hotel offers free WiFi throughout the property.

Phum Baitang 6

Guests can indulge in Spa Temple’s variety of massages and treatments or participate in yoga classes. The 24-hour front desk offers currency exchange, tour arrangements and ticketing services. Bike hire is also available.

Phum Baitang 7

One of the property’s two in-house restaurants, Bay Phsar serves up authentic Cambodia cuisine and encourages guests to choose from an array of locally-sourced ingredients with the help of the chef, while Hang Bay specialises in fusion cuisine. 

Phum Baitang 8

This property is also rated for the best value in Siem Reap! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. 

Phum Baitang 9

Phum Baitang 10

*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪(Flight) #‎Bookings

 

 

Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh – Cambodia

Agoda BannerBooking at Agoda.com

Sokha Hotel 1

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel is a luxurious 5-star property offering elegant bedrooms and suites, an outdoor pool and restaurant. Offering a fitness centre and spa, it also features complimentary private parking.

Sokha Hotel 2

Sokha Hotel 3

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel is 7 km from Royal Palace Phnom Penh, 1.2 km from Riverfront Park and 6 km from Wat Phnom. Phnom Penh International Airport is 13 km away.

Sokha Hotel 4
Sokha Hotel 5

Each air-conditioned room and suite is equipped with an electric kettle, minibar, flat-screen cable TV and safe. Private bathrooms include a bathtub, shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

Sokha Hotel 6
Sokha Hotel 7

Free WiFi is accessible in the hotel’s common areas. A 24-hour front desk, currency exchange and laundry services are available.

Sokha Hotel 8


Sokha Hotel 9

*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪(Flight) #‎Bookings

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
PATTAYA-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

TRIPADVISOR

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Web HostingGo for the Best Hosting company – Recommended by WordPress

Battambang Resort, Wat Kor Village, Battambang, Cambodia

Compare hotel prices and find the best deal - www.hotelscombined.com

Battambang Resort 2

Battambang Resort is located in Wat Kor Village, 4 km from Psar Nat shopping area, Battambang Resort features bright and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and views of a garden or lake. Home to an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar the resort is surrounded by rice fields and provides free private parking.

Battambang Resort 1

A 10-minute drive from Battambang Resort is Wat Kor Pagoda. The Hotel is 4 km from Battambang Railway Station and Battambang Town.

Battambang Resort 3

Each air-conditioned room is also equipped with a fan. All rooms have a telephone, hairdryer and fridge. Some rooms include a tea/coffee making facility.

Battambang Resort 4

Battambang Resort has a 24-hour front desk. Tour, ticketing and laundry services are available.

Battambang Resort 5

Battambang Resort 6

Daily breakfast is served at the resort’s restaurant, which features Asian and Western dishes. Choose from a selection of wine and local beer at the bar. Room service is also available.

Battambang Resort 7

Battambang Resort 8

*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪#‎Bookings‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
THAILAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Web Hosting

History on the walls

Compare hotel prices and find the best deal - www.hotelscombined.com

North Korean Painting
A North Korean artist adds her self-portrait to the panoramic wall painting.

A North Korean studio recreates the reign of King Jayavarman VII in a gigantic mural

If the series of bas-reliefs on the outer walls of Bayon don’t tell you enough about King Jayavarman VII’s achievements, you might want to visit the Angkor Panorama Museum. Built by North Korea, the museum is a new destination in Siem Reap and its highlight is a 360-degree mural painted by North Korea’s Mansudae Studio.
.
Wall Paper Siem Reap
Visitors enjoy the panoramic mural at Angkor Panorama Museum in Siem Reap.
 .

“The panoramic painting is 122.9 metres by 12.9 metres,” says a young Cambodian guide at Angkor Panorama Museum. “Painted by 63 North Korean artists, it took 16 months to complete and has 45,000 human figures.

The mural starts with horrific scenes from the Cham War between the Khmers and the Vietnamese before moving clockwise to the construction of the famous Bayon Temple and ending with the daily life of Khmers in the 12th Century.

Mansudae Studio is an art studio in Pyongyang, North Korea. Spread over 120,000 square metres and boasting 1,000 of North Korea’s finest artists, it’s one of the largest art production centres in the world.

.
Cham War
A graphic scene of war against Cham.
.
King Jayavarman VII commands from the elephant back.
King Jayavarman VII commands from the elephant back.
.

The panoramic wall painting honours King Jayavarman VII, a devout Buddhist and great warrior who established Angkor Thom as the capital. He crusaded against the Cham and converted his Empire to Buddhism. Bayon Temple boasts a series of bas-reliefs depicting the king’s success through historical events on the battlefield.

Angkor Panorama Museum’s mural is way more patriotic and grandiose. The best scene is the battle against Cham warriors, which shows King Jayavarman on his elephant commanding his men to crush the Cham on the banks of Tonle Sap.

Surrounding the viewing deck of Angkor Panorama Museum is an artificial jungle constructed from fake trees, rocks, huts and sculptures which seamlessly meets the painted wall.

Angkor Panorama Museum also screens 3D movies demystifying how the grandiose temples of Angkor were built. A trip to visit the museum includes a briefing on the ancient Khmer Empire.

.
Happy citizens under the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
Happy citizens under the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
Source and pictures: The Nation
*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS

Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪#‎Bookings‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
PATTAYA-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

PLANET-ASIAN
GERRIT-TIENKAMP
TRIPADVISOR‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

 

Hiking in Asia: 10 Places With Stunning Trails

Booking Banner number 1

Asia is home to breathtaking nature, lush vegetation, exotic cultures and delicious cuisines. One of the best ways to explore and discover the various destinations in Asia is on foot – by taking a hike. Some hikes in Asia offer hikers a chance to spot rare wildlife species and meet indigenous tribes living in charming villages along the way. In many of the trails listed below, the journey itself is the destination.

AS1
1. Sapa, Vietnam

Travel the northern highland town of Sapa in Vietnam for breathtaking views of rice terraces and stunning mountain peaks with mists hovering over them. Sapa rests in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, close to the Tonkinese Alps at the Chinese borders. Sapa is an increasingly popular destination among hikers, all keen to experience the hillside treks which passes through lush landscapes and charming villages. The best time to visit is from March to May.

AS2
2. Ladakh Range, India

India’s highest and largest district is the Ladakh Range. Comfortably nestled between two vast mountains (the Karakoram to the north and the Himalayas to the south), the Ladakh range has more sheep and yaks than monkeys and cows. In Ladakh Range, the culture of the people lean towards Tibetan rather than Indian. Travellers can take on trails in the Ladakh Range which ranges from easy (Ripchar Valley Trek and Lamayuru Alchi Trek) to difficult (Kang Yatse Trek, Hemis to Tsomoriri Trek). Some of the most gorgeous trails in the Ladakh Range are those that take hikers through the Zanskar range, such as the Lamayuru to Darcha Trek.

AS3
3. Ratanakiri, Cambodia

Ratanakiri (Ban Lung), located in northeast Cambodia, is known for fantastic jungle trekking and hiking. It is also known as “dey krahorm” (red earth), as the area is covered in reddish dust during the dry season. Impressive hills, rivers and mountain ranges grace Ratanakiri, and the area is dotted with crater lakes and waterfalls.

AS4
4. The Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Bhutan’s Snowman Trek covers over 200 miles, crossing 11 passes over 16,000 feet. To undertake the Snowman Trek, which takes about 25 days to complete, it is compulsory to be part of a guided tour. Each year, only a handful of people challenge themselves to take on this hike. The trail passes through Laya, home of the indigenous Layap people. Guides usually drop by the Thanza village to exchange horses for yaks, which are used to traverse difficult terrains. The highlights of this trail include the sceneries of remote valleys, visiting Buddhist monasteries, experiencing Bhutan’s authentic culture and spotting interesting wildlife such as the Himalayan blue sheep. Timing is essential for this trek, and it is best to go in April to avoid the snow and rain that closes the high passes. The Snowman Trek is ideal for the hardcore hikers.

AS5
5. Maluan Mountain, China

The trail that leads up to Maluan Mountain is easy and safe, and it passes through clear streams, verdant woods, and captivating waterfalls. It is no surprise that this trail is popular among hiking enthusiasts. Mount Maulan is also known for its plum blossoms in red, white and sea blue, which can be seen in January from the Plum Blossom Pavilion.

AS6
6. Gunung Tahan, Malaysia

To have a taste of the jungle, climb one of the most challenging mountains in Malaysia, Gunung Tahan. Tigers, elephants, leopards and the Sumatran rhino will greet hikers in this 130 million years old virgin rainforest, located in Taman Negara in the state of Pahang. The most scenic route is the Kuala Tahan classic train, which usually takes about seven days. Just be warned: this trek requires you to be mentally and physically fit.

AS7
7. Mount Everest, Nepal

Climbing Everest is the dream of many mountaineers, but for those who are not capable of undertaking that intense, arduous and potentially-fatal journey, just hiking to the Everest Base Camp will do. Hikers heading to the Everest Base Camp can drop by museums and monasteries, enjoy amazing views and also experience the Sherpa culture. The warmth of Nepalese hospitality and breathtaking scenery makes the Everest Base Camp Trek an amazing trip, one that is possible even for those with average fitness.

AS8
8. Annapurna Mountain Range, Nepal

The lofty peaks of the Annapurna are only for the trained and determined, and one of the best trails in the Annapurna Mountain Range is the famous Annapurna Circuit. This horseshoe-shaped route that runs for more than 200 kilometre is considered one of the best hikes in the world. Completing this rather challenging trek will take between 15 to 20 days. Rugged trails, sacred pilgrimage sites, exotic wildlife and awesome views of nature’s bounty will make your trip a memorable one.

AS9
9. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet

Mount Kailash stands out as a holy site to Buddhists, Jains, the Ayyavazhi branch of Hinduism, and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. However, it is not often visited due to the mountain’s remote location in far western Tibet. Some religions regarded Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru – the center and birthplace of the entire world. Myths and legends surround Mount Kailash, such as the Hindu belief that the place is the abode of god Shiva. Transportation to Mount Kailash via rugged over-land vehicles can be booked through various tour companies. Once you get there, hiking the 50 kilometres around it alongside pilgrims is the ritual to complete. Do note that the weather there can be always harsh and trekkers and pilgrims must carry all the supplies and provisions they need for the entire trip. April through September is the best months for this trek.

AS10
10. Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal

The Great Himalaya Trail covers over 4500 kilometres and it connects the highest routes across the Himalaya with existing trekking trails and pilgrimage paths. The trail can be completed in a whopping four to six months if the weather permits. The challenging part of the Great Himalaya Trail is during the ascents and descents of the high passes, including Sherpani Pass (20,128 feet), West Col (20,154 feet), and Amphu Laptsa Pass (19,193 feet) sandwiched between Everest and Makalu. Wildlife such as the endangered snow leopard, yaks, red pandas and herds of blue sheep can be spotted along the trails, and there are also monasteries, tea houses and guest huts along the way.

*****
Source: Tripzilla Magazine
*****

HOTEL BOOKINGS
Book Now

For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪#‎Bookings‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS

PLANET-ASIAN
GERRIT-TIENKAMP
TRIPADVISOR‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Web Hosting

 

Veranda Natural Resort – Kep, Cambodia

Compare hotel prices and find the best deal - www.hotelscombined.com

Veranda Natural Resort 1

Located within the gardens of Kep National Park, Veranda Natural Resort is a hilltop resort overlooking the sea. Featuring Khmer-style wooden bungalows, it offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

Veranda Natural Resort 2

Veranda Natural Resort is 1.5 km from the beach. It is 12 km from Kampot province’s public bus station. Phnom Penh International Airport is about 135 km away.

Veranda Natural Resort 3

The air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and an en suite bathroom. Each room is fitted with wooden furnishings and features a private terrace or balcony.

Veranda Natural Resort 4

Guests can browse items in the gift shop, or take a stroll around the resort and enjoy the natural scenery. Other facilities include a tour desk, a minimart, and a 24-hour reception.

Veranda Natural Resort 5

Offering ocean views, the open-air restaurant serves Western and Asian dishes. It also features fresh seafood and grilled specialities. Snacks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.

Veranda Natural Resort 6

This is our guests’ favourite part of Kep, according to independent reviews.

Veranda Natural Resort 7

*****
For the Best ‪#‎Hotels‬ and ‪#‎Resorts‬‬
We help you with your ‪#‎Bookings‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR BOOKING

ASIAN-BESTHOTELS
BANGKOK-BESTHOTELS
EUROPEAN-BESTHOTELS
HOLLAND-BESTHOTELS
VIP-BESTHOTELS
PLANET-ASIAN
GERRIT-TIENKAMP
TRIPADVISOR‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER