Khmer Times/Sum Manet Tuesday, 10 January 2017 2300 views

Cambodia in top budget destinations

Cambodia has been ranked fourth among the 10 most popular budget destinations for tourists in 2017, according to popular British travel publisher Rough Guides yesterday.
 

“The costs of visiting Cambodia are gradually rising, as tourism to the country and neighboring nations increases, but you’ll still find excellent value here. Not to mention some of the world’s friendliest people and many of Southeast Asia’s most marvelous landscapes,” said Rough Guides in a statement posted on their website.
 

“Beyond the UNESCO-protected temples of Angkor, which mesmerize millions of visitors every year, much of this mostly rural nation still feels off the well-trodden path,” added the travel publisher.
 

“Whether your adventures land you in sleepy colonial towns, villages of stilted wooden houses, bohemian riverside retreats or palm-thatched beach huts on offshore islands, time immersed in Cambodia’s alluring culture is time well spent.”
 

Rough Guides’ top budget destination for this year is Detroit in the US, followed by Mexico and Transylvania in Romania. Behind Cambodia is Greece, followed by the Albanian coast, the Philippines, Texas Hill Country in the US, Leipzig in Germany and Adelaide in Australia.
 

Meantime, Rough Guides’ readers ranked Myanmar as their top destination for 2017.
 

Last year, Cambodia’s famed UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat took the number one position in the list of the world’s most beautiful places, beating 500 other tourist destinations, in a survey done by Lonely Planet travel publication, said the Ministry of Tourism.
 

According to the ministry’s Facebook page, the Lonely Planet survey ranked Australia’s Great Barrier Reef second and Machu Picchu in Peru third.
 

Minister of Tourism Thong Khon told Khmer Times recently that the Lonely Planet’s top ranking for Angkor Wat would help draw more tourists to the UNESCO heritage site.

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