Cambodia – Tourism feels shifting axis

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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

Grand Millennium (5 Star) Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Situate opposite Fahrenheit, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is located along Bintang Walk beside Pavilion Shopping Mall. Offering free WiFi access, it also has a health club with a spa, air-conditioned squash courts and 4 dining options.

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Grand Millennium’s stylish, modern rooms are equipped with a tea/coffee maker. Cable TV and in-house movie channels are provided. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer lovely views.

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Guests have the option of taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relaxing in the sauna. A well-equipped fitness centre is available for workout sessions. The Club Lounge features 3 separate levels with an internet hub overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers.

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Asian and Mediterranean cuisines are served at The Mill Café, while Lai Ching Yuen features Cantonese dishes, including dim sum. For traditional Japanese dishes, head to Hayana Japanese Restaurant. An alternative dining option is Bistro 160.

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Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is situated 50 km away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Bukit Bintang is a great choice for travellers interested in family friendly exploring, fashion bargains and entertainment.

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This is our guests’ favorite part of Kuala Lumpur, according to independent reviews.

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Conrad (5 Star) Hotel,Tokyo Japan

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Located in the heart of Tokyo, just a few steps away from Ginza, the world-famous shopping and entertainment district. Conrad Tokyo boasts rooms furnished with modern decor, award winning restaurants and a 29th-floor spa with beautiful city views. It ranked 1st as the most popular Japanese hotel for international travelers by TripAdvisor 2015.

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Shiodome Subway Station and JR Shimbashi Train Station are both located within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre can be reached with a 25-minute monorail ride while the Imperial Palace is a 15-minute drive away.

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Rooms at the Conrad are among the largest in Tokyo, and feature panoramic views of Hamarikyu Gardens or Tokyo Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms come with a minibar, a flat-screen TV with a VOD system and a DVD player. Also offers a bathroom with rain shower. Wired and wireless internet access is available at an extra charge.

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Guests can swim laps in the picturesque free-use indoor pool or work out to views of Tokyo in the spacious fitness centre. Mizuki Spa offers private treatment rooms and a variety of relaxing massages.

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Conrad Tokyo houses 5 dining options with city skyline views, including China Blue.

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Minato is a great choice for travellers interested in clean streets, friendly people and culture.

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This is our guests’ favourite part of Tokyo. According to independent reviews, this property is a top choice for people who like to stay in the heart of the city.

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Lotte (5 Star) Hotel, Seoul – South Korea

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Linked to Euljiro 1-ga Subway Station (Line 2) and Lotte Department Store, this luxury hotel provides 10 food and beverage options and rooms with an LCD TV. Guests can also make use of the fitness centre and spa.

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Modern rooms feature carpeted flooring and views of the city. They are equipped with a desk, minibar and safe. The private bathroom comes with a shower and bathrobes and slippers are provided.

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Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from French and Italian to Chinese and local specialities. La Seine offers an international buffet and a live kitchen. 

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There is also Salon de The, which serves 33 kinds of tea and an afternoon tea set. Local dining and nightlife options are available a 10-minute walk away.

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After a long day, a swim can be enjoyed at the indoor swimming pool or with a session in the sauna. A tour desk is available for day trip arrangements.

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Lotte Hotel Seoul is located within the Myeongdong area, which has numerous shopping and entertainment options. A 10-minute walk from the hotel leads to Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun traditional market. Gimpo International Airport is a 40-minute drive away while Incheon International Airport is an hour’s drive.

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The seven best waterparks across Thailand to escape the heat

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The seven best waterparks across Thailand to escape the heat.

When the sun moves out of Pisces in April, the heat starts to get serious. Temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius and beyond and drain us of all our energy. Some of us are lucky enough to live within walking distance of the country’s best beaches, others cycle to the nearby waterfalls and cascades to take a break from the heat. But for those of us who are stuck in the urban jungle, the choices tend to be staying cooped in an air-conditioned room or making tracks out of town to the nearest waterpark.

This week, we look at the seven best waterparks at which to chill.

SCENICAL WORLD KHAO YAI, NAKHON RATCHASIMA

Tucked away in Pak Chong district, a popular destination with Bangkok’s get-out-of-towners, Scenical World Khao Yai is a new kid on the block. A heady combination of amusement park, shopping mall and hotel, it’s also home to Splash World, where you can experience the water in a variety of playful and adventurous ways. In pride of place is the Splash Coaster where you sweep down, twist, turn and climb on a thrilling run of 180 metres. The brave can get their adrenaline kicks by whizzing along the circular slide at high speed before plunging into the Space Bowl.

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CARTOON NETWORK AMAZONE, PATTAYA

Leave it up to the kids and they’ll probably choose to spend every single day of the long school holidays at Cartoon Network Amazone in Pattaya. Here, at the world’s first Cartoon Network theme park, the young and not-so-young can have fun with much-loved characters such as Ben Ten and the Powerpuff girls. The most popular rides include the Omniverse, which is as high as an eight-storey building and home to six of the fastest and steepest water roller coasters, and the gravity-defying Goop Loop roller coaster where you clamber into an enclosed capsule to drop into a 12-metre free-fall that generates maximum G-force. The XLR8TOR is the park’s tallest and steepest ride, drawing its inspiration from Ben Ten’s lightning-quick reflexes and ability to reach speeds in excess of 480kph.

SIAM PARK CITY, BANGKOK

Billed as the “Beach of Bangkok”, Siam Park City is Bangkok’s very first waterpark and was built almost 40 years ago. Michael Jackson came to Siam Park to enjoy the water during his 1993 Dangerous World Tour, and the waterpark is still worth a day trip especially during the hot season. As well as the slide – which in 1970 held the world’s record for the highest at 75 feet – there is an inland sandy beach and a sea with giant waves right in downtown Bangkok.

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Thailand’s best waterpark is located in Hua Hin – the country’s leading beach holiday destination.

Vana Nava is built to mimic a tropical lagoon with palm trees and rock pools spread over 3.2 acres. As well as Boomerango, Thailand’s longest water slide, this waterpark also has the Abass – the largest ride of its kind, which soars to a height of 28 metres then keeps your spinning at 45kph before plummeting and splashing down into a pool.

FLOW HOUSE, BANGKOK

A different style of waterpark from the usual slides and rides, Flow House targets the urban dude and wannabe surfer. With artificial waves and water runners, the fun is real as thrill seekers dare to ride the waves and spin their boards. It’s a place to see and be seen and occasionally transforms into a party scene with DJs where a dude can roam around and show off this tattoos. Make sure you book in advance if you want to ride the waves as the surf house is always packed.

SANTORINI WATER FANTASY, PHETCHABURI

Inspired by the blue-and-white tones of Santorini Island in the Aegean Sea, this water park is an excellent choice if you want to avoid the queues at Vana Nava. The Vulcan’s Kamikaze ride from 18 metres might sound scary but it’s addictive. For a bigger adrenaline rush, try the park’s signature Ares’s King Cobra slide that keeps you running over 78 metres from the tail to the head of the snake-like ride.

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SPLASH DOWN, PATTAYA

While many amusement parks lay the claim for the “biggest, longest, fastest” accolade, Splash Down takes the form of a lake filled with inflatables designed to hurl thrill seekers into the sky and, of course, into the water. These include the Big Blob, where you jump and see how far you can fly and Big Red Balls that demand you bounce your way across eight, big ball without falling into the pool. Designed for adult and teenagers, this isn’t a place for the little ones.

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Banthai Beach Resort, Patong Beach #Phuket

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Situated along Patong Beach, Banthai Beach Resort & Spa boasts 3 outdoor pools and a deluxe spa. Rooms come with a private balcony and an interactive entertainment system.

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Beach Resort Banthai is about 500 metres away from the Jungceylon Mall and nightlife district Bangla Road. Phuket International Airport is 25 km away.

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The Thai-style rooms feature a TV, a safe and a minibar. Beach towels, a bathrobe and slippers are provided. Free toiletries and a bathtub can be found in the en suite bathroom.

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Guests can work out at the fitness centre, or indulge in the cigar shop and nail salon at the shopping plaza. The Banthai offers a free shuttle service to Phuket Town.

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Several restaurants at the shopping plaza offer a variety of cuisines, ranging from French to Mexican. Beverages and snacks can be enjoyed at bars, an Irish pub and a coffee shop.

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Phuket has many beautiful beaches and a lot of exciting activities can be found on this island. Phuket is located approximately 862 kilometres south of Bangkok. There are only two seasons in a year the green season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). Phuket is divided into 3 administrative districts: namely, Mueang District, Thalang District and Kathu District. Phuket is one of the most important tourist destinations in Thailand with a wide variety of magnificent coves and bays, lush green hills, palm-fringed white beaches, secluded bays and forested hillsides, smaller surrounding islands, hospitable people, superb accommodation and seafood, delightful turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture, numerous sporting and leisure opportunities – all of which combine to create delightful and truly memorable holidays. The most famous beaches of Phuket are Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Nai Harn Beach. These beaches are ideal for diving & snorkeling, sailing, golfing and all kinds of sports & entertainment.

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