9 Ancient Cambodian Sites to Discover After Angkor Wat; Cassie Wilkins; World Nomads

See Cambodia’s off-the-beaten-track mysterious historic sites.

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Chinese visitors to the Kingdom spike; Sum Manet; Khmer Times

During the first four months of 2018, Cambodia welcomed more than 647,000 Chinese visitors, an increase of more than 79%.

Source: Chinese visitors to the Kingdom spike – Khmer Times

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.

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An Aesthetic And Spiritual Sweet Spot; Hilary Danailova; Jewish Week

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

As in many warm-weather destinations, November through April is prime travel season in Cambodia. Not because those months are warm — Cambodia is always warm — but because the Southeast Asian country is driest during the winter respite from monsoons.

In travel terms, however, Cambodia is sizzling hot. I put the country on this year’s must-see list primarily due to a newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site — the archaeological temple complex at Sambor Prei Kuk — but as growing visitor numbers attest, Cambodia is in that tourism sweet spot.

It’s global enough for foreigners to easily navigate: U.S. dollars are widely accepted and English is common in tourist centers. A beguiling rusticity still permeates the jungle-like landscapes, ramshackle fishing enclaves and open-air markets, but the cities — and the well-trodden hot spots — are cosmopolitan enough that you can unwind in wine bars and sleep in boutique-chic hotels, if that’s your speed.

You can even mingle over Shabbat dinner at the eight-story Chabad center in Phnom Penh, where more than a hundred area Jews now gather for holidays and support Cambodia’s first Jewish preschool.

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FRUITFUL PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION VISIT TO CAMBODIA. A MODEL OF DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITY; Centrul Diplomatic

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

2017 has marked a new height in the relations between Romania and Kingdom of Cambodia in the fields of cultural, development and tourism cooperation with the climax being the visit of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation Presidential delegation (IRICE) in Cambodia between 1 to 11 December 2017.

The visit of the presidential delegation headed by IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has come in recognition of the incredible strides obtained by Cambodia in the field of tourism in 2016 and 2017 as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

The Kingdom of Cambodia has become the leading country in tourism development with more than 1,6 million tourists growth in only a year from 3,5 million tourists in 2015 to over 5 million tourists in 2016.

With a 40% year to year increase in incoming number of tourists Cambodia leads in world tourism development.

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Ancient city ready for rebirth; AFP

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

CAMBODIA: It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.

Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance – and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west – Angkor Wat – Cambodia’s top tourist destination.

But in July it gained a listing by the Unesco World Heritage, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.

“We have already seen more and more local and foreign tourists flocking to visit our site,” said Hang Than, an official who manages the compound, as he strolled towards one of several temples spectacularly wrapped in tree roots.

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Ancient Cambodian temple city poised for rebirth; AFP

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

SAMBOR PREI KUK (Cambodia) • It has survived centuries of monsoon rain, a United States bombing campaign and rampant looting.

Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance – and is drawing tourists to its forest- cocooned ruins.

Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west – Angkor Wat – Cambodia’s top tourist destination.

But last month, it gained a listing by the Unesco World Heritage Centre, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.

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Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth; AFP

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

SAMBOR PREI KUK, Aug 11 — It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.

Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance — and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

Cloistered by trees and linked by winding dirt trails, the site has played second fiddle to its much bigger cousin to the west — Angkor Wat — Cambodia’s top tourist destination.

But in July it gained a listing by the Unesco World Heritage, promising a tourist bonanza that could breathe new life into a once-thriving 6th and 7th century metropolis.

 

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Cambodia to link World Heritage; Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit; TTR Weekly

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

PHNOM PENH, 26 July 2017: Cambodia will develop heritage tourism packages now that it has three World Heritage sites under its belt.

The three World Heritage Sites are Angkor Wat, listed in 1992, Preah Vihear (2008) and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site in Kampong Thom province listed earlier this month.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the addition of Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site as a UNESCO world heritage would prompt new tour programmes.

“About 50% of tourists to Cambodia visit cultural and historical tourism sites like Angkor Wat, so we believe there are opportunities to package the three sites.”

Cambodia National Tourism Alliance general secretary, Ho Vandy, noted that Cambodia’s travel agents association has 300 members and they will now be encouraged to promote the three sites.

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Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site Being Dragged to Hell by Tree Roots; Rachael Levitt; Fodors Travel Guide

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

The “temple in the richness of the forest” in Cambodia survives amidst a tropical rainforest that both reinforces and dismantles the structure.

Congratulations to Cambodia’s Sambor Prei Kuk, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status this month! The ruins dedicated to Shiva date back as far as the 6th century, originally constructed as a royal sanctuary and capital called Isanapura.

Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest”  in the Khmer language, is a modest name for a compound of over 150 Hindu sets of ruins including 10 octagonal towers, sanctuaries, prasats (castles), Shival lingams and yonis (female fertility signs), ponds and reservoirs, and lion sculptures made from brick and sandstone. The forest that nominally humbles the extraordinary grounds is a shady, sub-tropical jungle.

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