New York Post: “Now is the perfect time to have a holiday in Cambodia”
Well known US newspaper The New York Post has stated that now is an excellent time to visit The Kingdom – “a golden hour, a time when Cambodia is offering more than ever to the world just before the weight of gentrification has warped the adventure.”
In a recent article, the newspaper states that “…just this year, something almost miraculous seemed to happen.
Cambodia received 3.4 million air travelers during the first eight months of 2023, a year-on-year increase of 180%, according to the country’s aviation authority. By 2026, Cambodia expects 7 million tourists annually. In October, a long-awaited modern airport will open at Siem Reap, allowing larger planes to land and creating new direct flights.”
It recommends a sample itinerary for visiting Cambodia, saying “For the Cambodia-curious all of this adds up to a golden hour, a time when Cambodia is offering more than ever to the world just before the weight of gentrification has warped the adventure. Beers can still be had for $1. Feasts for $10. Guides are affordable. Hotels are discounted — even compared to Vietnam. It’s the kind of authentic Southeast Asian experience that’s already vanishing from Thailand.”
The Post recommends visiting capital Phnom Penh as well as the tourist mecca of Siem Reap, saying “Most western tourists never make it to the capital. But this is where you should start. It’s clean and far less chaotic than Bangkok or Saigon. The city is filled with grand, gilt national monuments, gargantuan government buildings and of course, the Royal Palace of Cambodia, the residence of the king.”
It then recommends Siem Reap and Angkor, stating “Whether you grew up on National Geographic or Angelina Jolie’s “Tomb Raider,” Angkor Wat is a magnetic force. It’s a place as evocative as the pyramids of Giza and as redolent as one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s opium benders.”
It is hoped that readers of the Post – and US citizens in general will come to visit Cambodia again – and experience the magic of the “Kingdom of Wonder”