Adventure travel spreads tourism to remote Cambodia

TOURISM to Cambodia is spreading beyond popular Siem Reap, with tour operators reporting a huge increase in ecotourism and adventure travel in the more remote areas of the country.

Lolei Travel general manager Michael Scholten said adventure-seeking travellers were heading to regions such as Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri in the north-east, where there are vast, pristine national parklands. “This is also a good way to combine Cambodia and Laos (Luang Prabang) in one trip,” he said.

Hanuman Tourism company advisor Nick Ray said: “A few years ago, there was hardly anyone coming to these areas. Over a period of three to five years, the numbers have increased by 400 to 500 per cent. Most of these visitors are from the UK, US and Australia, with some from France and the Netherlands.”

– Full story in TTG Asia, February 25

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