Vietnamese and Chinese, main visitors to Cambodia

  • Between December and April 2014 Cambodia welcomed 3.59 million foreign tourists.
  • The Ministry of Tourism expects 5 million visitors in 2015. 
  • Vietnamese and Chinese citizens are the first foreign visitors to the Kingdom of Cambodia. 
  • Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and coastal provinces, main destinations. 

If agencies are too hurry to prepare staff to speak English thinking in Westerns, it is the time to include Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Laotian and Japanese in their lists, because they are the languages of their main clients. Vietnam makes the 16%, China 12%, South Korea 12%, Laos 7%, Japan 5%, United States 4.7%, Thailand 4.4 %, Russia 4%, France 3.7 % and United Kingdom 3.3%.

The main route of access is the International Airport of Siem Reap. 34% of visitors arrived to Cambodia by that airport between January and April 2014, while 19% arrived in Phnom Penh. The other main route was by land with 43%. Although Cambodia has an international sea port, only 2.4% of visitors reached the Kingdom by sea.

According with the Ministry of Tourism, in 2013 the number of visitors was of 4 million with incomes for 2,547 million dollars. The most popular destinations are Siem Reap for the ancient Angkor temples, but they are already followed by Phnom Penh and its surrounded areas and in a third place the coast provinces led by Sihanoukville and the are of Kampot and Kep. There is also a growing interest in eco-tourist places such as the National Parks and jungle areas in Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri. The improving of infrastructures such as roads has been of main importance in the growing number of visitors to the country.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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