South Koreans eye Kampong Thom’s tourism market; May Kunmakara; Khmer Times

Cambodia – Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient Ishanapura

South Korean investors on a visit to the Kingdom last week have shown an interest in investing in Sambor Prei Kuk, a Unesco-listed archeological site in Kampong Thom, the Minister of Tourism said.

“Korean investors are keen to invest in Kampong Thom province, especially in Sambor Prei Kuk, to attract Korean tourists to the site,” said Minister Thong Khon.

The minister was speaking to journalists shortly after his meeting at the Asean-Korea Centre with Lee Hyuk, who was leading a delegation of Korean investors exploring business opportunities in the Kingdom.

Sambor Prei Kuk is the ancient capital of the Chenla Empire and gained Unesco recognition in July last year.

“Korean tourists usually like cultural tourism sites, so these investors have a great opportunity in their hands,” he said, adding that good investments would include hotels as well as golf courses.

“They can help strengthen the tourism industry in Kampong Thom, especially in the area surrounding Sambor Prei Kuk, by providing training to local communities,” he said.

Read more from source: South Koreans eye Kampong Thom’s tourism market – Khmer Times

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18 best places to travel for summer 2018; Meredith Rosenberg; CNN

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Laos – Town of Luang Prabang

Deciding where to take that long-anticipated summer vacation can be a daunting challenge.

Consider one of the following destinations where off-season deals, fewer crowds or special events make this the right time to go. Here are 18 great places to travel in the summer of 2018:

1. St. Barts

While some of the island’s more famous hotels are still closed due to damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria (Hotel Le Toiny, Le Guanahani), about 60% of St. Barts’ villas have reopened, with some new additions.

The five-star Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa just introduced two new villas, Villa Bleu and Villa Aqua, which each offer six bedrooms, a private pool and a prime beachfront setting.

St. Barth Properties unveiled two new high-end villas, Villa Golden and Villa Neo. The former counts a heated infinity pool among its highlights, while the latter boasts a hammam, or steam bath. Both offer additional perks, too, such as waking up to French pastries.

And though the iconic Eden Rock is closed until December, its extensive villa collection has already reopened.

Plus, summer’s low-season rates make luxurious St. Barts a somewhat more affordable option.

Read more from source: 18 best places to travel for summer 2018

These are the world’s favorite landmarks 2018: TripAdvisor; AFP

Cambodia – Angkor

Some tourist hotspots end up disheartening disappointments. Others live entirely up to their hype. According to TripAdvisor travelers, the one landmark that lives up to its mythical reputation is Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, which topped this year’s list of world’s top landmarks for the second year in a row.

The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat stands as a living testament of the Khmer Empire. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992.

Of the more than 40,000 reviews left on the site, Angkor Wat boasts a five-out-of-five bubble rating, with the majority of visitors leaving glowing reviews of their experience.

“Nothing could prepare us for the awesomeness and size of the temple” wrote one visitor from Australia.

Added another visitor from India: “Awesome and if you are the imaginative type, the guides paint such a vivid picture of the bygone era and the grandeur you can picture it all.”

The recurring caveats on many reviews, however, are complaints of overcrowding, stifling heat and ongoing renovations.

Read more from source: These are the world’s favorite landmarks 2018: TripAdvisor

13 tourist traps around the world that are actually worth visiting; Lindsay Cohn; Reader’s Digest

Cambodia – Angkor
  • Despite how long the lines might be, Niagara Falls is a must-visit.
  • The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower both came from the same man, and both landmarks are must-sees.
  • India’s Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest achievement in Indo-Islamic architecture.

Acropolis

History and architecture buffs — particularly those with a penchant for ancient Greece — won’t want to miss a trip to the Acropolis of Athens. Situated on a rocky hill above the city, the citadel complex contains an ensemble of significant classical structures, namely the Parthenon, which is regarded as the most important surviving monument from Greek Antiquity. Take a peek at these landmarks, including the Acropolis, zoomed out.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a must-see-before-you-die natural wonder. Sure, waiting in line, donning a bright blue poncho, and boarding a visitor-packed boat (aka the Maid of the Mist) is pretty much the definition of a touristy activity, but the chance to come so close to the gushing waters and powerful spray make it all worth it.

Read more from source: 13 tourist traps around the world that are actually worth visiting

From Temples to Tees: Cambodia Eyes Golf Tourism Growth; eGlobal Travel Media

Cambodia – Angkor

Cambodia is setting its sights on growing its golf tourism industry.

The Southeast Asian nation is becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, attracting more than five million visitors in 2016. Around seven million are expected by 2020.

Golf tourism is still very much in its infancy, however.

There are currently nine golf courses in Cambodia: four in the capital Phnom Penh, including the country’s oldest course, Cambodia Golf & Country Club, which opened in 1996, the Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club course by Nicklaus Design and the IMG-managed Garden City Golf Club, which opened in 2013.

Among three courses in Siem Reap are former Asian Tour venue Phokeethra Country Club and the Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort, which opened in 2007 and is a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

There are also two courses on the coast at Dara Sakor Golf Club, forming the first part of a project by a Chinese developer in Koh Kong Province.

Read more from source: From Temples to Tees: Cambodia Eyes Golf Tourism Growth

Will US withdrawal from UNESCO affect heritage sites?; Jessica Colley Clarke; NYT

Cambodia – Angkor

Last fall the Trump administration announced it would withdraw from UNESCO, the cultural organization of the United Nations that is known to travelers for its list of World Heritage sites.

The withdrawal is scheduled to go into effect at the end of 2018. There are 23 World Heritage sites in the United States, including Grand Canyon National Park, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park and the Statue of Liberty.

If the United States withdraws from UNESCO, it would remain a state party, having signed and ratified the World Heritage Convention. “There is one consequence only,” said George Papagiannis, the chief of media services at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, about the U.S. withdrawal. “The U.S. cannot be elected to the World Heritage Committee,” a managing committee made up of elected representatives from 21 countries. The committee is in charge of allocating financial assistance and determining what sites are included on, or removed from, the World Heritage List.

The World Heritage program, which began in 1972, includes a list of 1,073 sites “that are of outstanding universal value to humanity,” and should therefore “be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy,” according to UNESCO’s website.

Source: Will US withdrawal from UNESCO affect heritage sites?

Angkor Wat: History of Ancient Temple; Owen Jarus; Live Science

Cambodia – Angkor

Built between roughly A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of about 500 acres (200 hectares), Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Its name means “temple city.”

Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and statues of Buddha were added to its already rich artwork. Sometime later it was turned into a military fortification. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that scientists are struggling to preserve.

Its 213-foot-tall (65 meters) central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers and a series of enclosure walls, a layout that recreates the image of Mount Meru, a legendary place in Hindu mythology that is said to lie beyond the Himalayas and be the home of the gods.

Within the largest city in the world

The city where the temple was built, Angkor, is located in modern-day Cambodia and was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. This city contains hundreds of temples. The population may have been over 1 million people. It was easily the largest city in the world until the Industrial Revolution.

Read more from source: Angkor Wat: History of Ancient Temple

Cambodia: Expectations Vs. Reality; Begum Khalida; TripZilla

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Cambodia is a culturally beautiful country with a tragic past. Explore the wonders it has to offer but remember to take these precautions so as to not meet disappointment!

Cambodia is a nation that is on its way to rebuilding itself from the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge. With tourism picking up gradually, there is hope for the country’s recovering economy. Cambodia has much to offer with its picturesque landscapes and rich Khmer heritage. However, many outsiders who are not familiar with the country hold skewed misconceptions that may shape their expectations of travelling to Cambodia. Today, we dispel the false expectations to give you a dose of reality that may come in handy when you’re exploring the land of the Khmer.

Expectation: All payments are made in Cambodian Riel

Cambodia’s currency is known as the Riel. As with most other nations, it is common to expect only the local currency to be used. So, some tourists may exchange their home currency for Riel before setting foot on Cambodia.

Reality: The US Dollar is widely accepted too

Read more from source: Cambodia: Expectations Vs. Reality

Museum in Preah Vihear ready to open after 10 years preparing; Suntharoth Ouk; Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia – Temple of Preah Vihear

A new museum near Preah Vihear temple will be inaugurated on Tuesday, 10 years after the project began. The Samdech Techo Hun Sen Eco-Global Museum consists of 11 buildings on a 177-hectare plot of land in Choam Ksan district. It will present artefacts from the nearby temple and related heritage sites, as well as exhibitions on local culture, flora and fauna.

“The purpose of creating this museum during the war time with the neighbouring country is to show the world that Cambodia does not need war, we need only peace, to preserve the national heritage, to transfer knowledge from the past to the public and to educate the locals to love their national heritage and disseminate it to others,” said museum Director Som Piseth.

Unesco provided technical support for the project, with the finances partly supported by the Cambodian government, by funds from Prime Minister Hun Sen and from other donors. Piseth was unable to provide information about the project’s costs.

Source: Museum in Preah Vihear ready to open after 10 years preparing

Museum at Preah Vihear Temple to open soon; Sen David; Khmer Times

Cambodia – Temple of Preah Vihear

Prime Minister Hun Sen and the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will officially inaugurate a museum at the Preah Vihear World Heritage Site on March 20.

Nov Sokuna, the director of the provincial culture and fine arts department, said the museum has been named Samdech Techo Hun Sen Eco-Global Museum.

“We hope this museum will attract more local and foreign tourists to visit the Preah Vihear temple,” he said. “[I hope] they can learn the history behind this world heritage site, and also about the local culture.”

The museum, on a 177-hectare plot of land, will offer exhibitions on local culture, history and customs.

Mr Nov added that the museum will have plenty of space to display history.

According to Unesco, the initiative to inaugurate the museum marks 10 years of collaboration between Unesco and the government.

Unesco said the Eco-Global Museum is linked to a network of sites, noting the term ‘eco’comes from the ecological importance of nature and the social environment the museum is located in.

The project was initiated in May 2008 as a new cultural institution reflecting ancient Khmer civilisation.

Source: Museum at Preah Vihear Temple to open soon – Khmer Times