Tourism

Cambodia’s Expats to Enjoy Free Access to Angkor

The Ministry of Tourism has announced foreigners living in Cambodia for two or more years can enjoy free access to Angkor’s temples as part of a move to stimulate domestic tourism
Foreign nationals walk near Wat Phnom, August 4, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Foreign nationals walk near Wat Phnom, August 4, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Foreigners who have been residing in Cambodia for more than two years can visit Angkor Wat for free as part of a domestic tourism drive.

In the wake of the pandemic, which devastated Cambodia’s tourism industry, the government has put in place strategies in the form of a raft of incentives to encourage tourism.

One initiative to boost domestic tourism is to waive the entrance fee at Angkor for foreigners who have lived and worked in Cambodia for two years or more, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said this week at the launch of the Siem Reap Tourism Development Master Plan (2022-2023).

A one-day pass for Angkor Archeological Park is $37.

“It is a vision for the tourism sector to recover, as well as boost the growth of domestic and foreign tourism in 2022 and 2023. Cambodia expects that through the introduction of this principle it will further stimulate the flow of domestic tourism in Siem Reap,” said the minister.

He added, “When global issue crossings have been declining, tourism in 2022 will improve with the resumption of international tourist flows, especially the easing of restrictions and removing barriers as a condition on international travel of most countries in the world.”

According to the World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourists in 2022 may decrease by between 30 percent and 40 percent compared to 2019 before the pandemic, recent communicable diseases, and the war between Russia and Ukraine, which has triggered inflation increases and rising prices for other commodities, especially fuel.

President of the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents (CATA), Chhay Sivlin, backed the move ​and said she is waiting to see an official press release from the ministry. She added the measure will help Cambodia stimulate domestic tourism and attract more international tourists to the country.

“When he (the minister) does this, it seems like we encourage them (foreigners) to visit Angkor Wat resort and it is a chance to revive domestic tourism,” she said.

“It is an incentive for foreigners who live in Cambodia and helps Cambodia to have potential for domestic tourism growth”, the CATA president explained.