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It is clear that Cambodia is enjoying peace, political stability, security, and order in society and development in all sectors. Notably, we recorded economic growth of 7.6% in 2013. GDP reached USD 15 billion and GDP per capita increased to USD 1,036 in the same period. Moving forward, economic growth is projected to exceed 7% per annum in 2014 and in the medium term. This optimistic growth projection attests to development in all sectors, especially agriculture, tourism, garment and construction that provide impetus for GDP growth.

As acknowledged by the UN, tourism is a socio-economic sector that helps promote economic growth, employment, poverty reduction and reduction of global warming and play an important role in regional integration. Cambodia regards the tourism sector as green gold. In 2013, we welcomed 4.2 million inbound tourists, an increase of 17.5% compared to 2012, with USD 2.5 billion of tourism revenue. The numbers of inbound tourists are projected to reach 4.8 million and 6.1 million in 2015 and 2018 respectively followed by the projection of 7.5 million inbound tourists in 2020 that will bring USD 5 billion to the economy and create 80,000 jobs.

In addition, tourism sector has been playing an important role in promoting Cambodia’s reputation in the region and the world, through the launch “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder” campaign and “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service” contest movement. In this sense, the Royal Government of Cambodia is committed to further developing tourism into a key sustainable sector for promoting sustainable economic growth and Cambodia’s integration into the ASEAN. Going forward, Cambodia as well as other ASEAN member countries is firmly and aggressively moving toward shared prosperity. Economic growth in ASEAN member countries, facilitation of cross-border transport and connectivity of physical infrastructure along with facilitation of cross-border movement of people, goods and services mean Cambodia have opened a new chapter of regional tourism and ASEAN region is now considered a very attractive and open tourist destination in the world. In integrating its tourism sector into the region, Cambodia must keep control of key pulses by centering on “Integration for Tourism, Tourism for Integration” which requires all of Cambodian peoples to focus on the blood vein of tourism sector. Two key fundamentals, improved competitiveness and sustainability of tourism development must be developed in parallel. In this sense, Cambodia must grab new opportunities arising from regional and global tourism developments and maximize our comparative advantages. Following to the Cambodian Prime Minister’s recommendation, the Ministry of Tourism will prepare the “Strategic Tourism Development Plan 2012-2020” which set out clear vision, strategic direction and concrete measures for developing the national tourism sector in line with ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and the concept of ASEAN tourism integration implemented by all ASEAN member countries on the basis of “think globally, plan regionally and act locally”.

Cambodia is slowly recovering from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror. Major problems still exist: land mines, poverty and a devastated infrastructure. But the reconstruction and healing process is now well under way and increasing numbers of tourists are rediscovering Cambodia’s attractions. The stunning temples of Angkor are the obvious draw for most tourists, but the country has much else to offer: tropical beaches, colonial buildings and an abundance of natural attractions.

From the white sanded beaches of Preah Sihanouk Province in the south, to the jungle villages of Rattanakiri in the east and from the largest fresh water lake South East Asia’s – the Tonle Sap Lake - to the impressing world wonders of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, the colorful country of Cambodia with its friendly and welcoming charm offers its visitors a variety of things to see, venues to be visited and experiences to be made.


 The capital city Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia for 567 years. Today, it is a place of diverse economic and urban growth. A swift wave of development has brought in new high-rise buildings--including business center--restaurants catering to every palate, and stylish hotels promising all levels of luxury. Contributing to this development are burgeoning culinary and nightlife scenes that can rival any other in the region. The alluring capital city also features a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions, along with myriad opportunities to sample local Cambodian culture. Here, classic colonial facades endure alongside sleek new eateries, golden-spired pagodas, and buzzing markets-- all evidence of the dynamic energy of Phnom Penh's city streets. 

WAT PHNOM  (Berg Phnom)

Is where Phnom Penh begun. A famous laywoman called Daun Penh built a small Wat on top of a hill (the hill also built by her) to house the sacred Buddha statues that were found inside the trunk-hole of a floating Koki (teak) tree. The teak was used to build the delightful little temple to store these religious relics. The name referred to the founder of this place and it was originally called Phnom Daun Penh, and was later shortened to Phnom Penh. Behind the pagoda is a huge ancient stupa (tomb) that contains King Ponhea yat's ashes (the king who abandoned the Angkor City in 1431 AD). Visitors should not leave the site without visiting a memorial that recalls the returning of these territories during the World War II. This memorial is located on the South side at the foot of the hill. The hill is generally covered and surrounded by the tropical trees that represent the various kinds found throughout the country. These have become home to many monkeys and birds. Ask your guide to point out the hundreds of large flying-faxes (bats) hanging from the branches of the trees.

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