Competition heats up in Siem Reap hotel sector

Source : Khmer Times 

A boutique hotel in Siem Reap. The hospitality sector in the province is still an untapped potential.

New real estate developments have been shooting up across Siem Reap over the past few years. Indeed, the Kingdom’s main tourist draw has seen a spate of new hotels, boutique accommodations, guest houses and apartments. Earlier this year Mario Tan, sales and marketing director of Hunter Estate, claimed the number of tourist-centric structures has surpassed 1,000. That is double what existed in the city just two years ago, he added. Continue reading


Orchid conservation centre opens next month

Source : Khmer Times

The Sok An Phnom Kulen Centre for Orchid Research and Conservation opens at the end of next month and is tasked with conserving wild orchid species threatened with extinction. Facebook

The Environment Ministry will set up Cambodia’s first orchid research and conservation centre in Siem Reap province next month, a ministry spokesman said yesterday.

Neth Pheaktra said the centre will collect, protect and conserve wild orchid species found in the province’s jungles. Continue reading

One dead, four injured after a building collapses

Source : Khmer Times

A construction worker died and four others were injured when a French-colonial building collapsed in pub street area. Photo: DAP

One construction worker died and four others were injured when a French-colonial building collapsed, falling on them early this morning in pub street area in Siem Reap province’s Siem Reap city.

Duong Sokha, chief of Siem Reap serious crime police bureau, today said that the accident happened around 12:40 am this morning in pub street area in Siem Reap city’s Svay Dangkum commune.

“The building collapsed on five construction workers when they were sleeping. One died and four others were rescued,” Mr Sokha said “Four people were sent right away to a hospital for treatment.” Continue reading

Villagers want their promised land

Source : Khmer Times 

Some of the villagers who are still awaiting land titles. Supplied.

Nearly 60 families in Siem Reap province yesterday gathered in their village to demand authorities speed up a land distribution deal promised by a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Apsara Authority two years ago.

Tiv Nara, a family representative, said yesterday that a total of 100 families in the province’s Sla Kram commune were supposed to receive the land. However, Ms Nara said so far only 47 have received land. Continue reading

World Bank studies Siem Reap drainage

Source : Khmer Times

A worker inspects drainage in Siem Reap. Vayo FM

The World Bank may approve a $50 million loan for development projects in Siem Reap, including $20 million for clean water, sanitation and drainage system projects.

Bou Saroeun, a communication officer with the World Bank, said the project is under consideration. Continue reading

Busted for trafficking wildlife in Banteay Meanchey

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Sacks used to smuggle wildlife into the Kingdom are photographed after a bust in Banteay Meanchey province on Monday. heng Ly

Cambodian officials smashed a cross-border wildlife trafficking syndicate after nabbing two suspects allegedly transporting exotic animals at Chhob Vary commune, Preah Net Preah district, in Banteay Meanchey on Monday.

Preah Net Preah district Forest Administration division chief Buth Thin said it intercepted a vehicle driven by the suspects, who are believed to be involved in shipping wildlife from Thailand through a checkpoint at Svay Chek district and onwards to Siem Reap. Continue reading

Tour guides voice concern over app that will offer audio tours

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Tourists visit Angkor Wat temple near Siem Reap. Heng Chivoan

Tour guides at the Kingdom’s historical sites are voicing concern over an audio tour app they said is threatening their careers.

Developed by local company Angkor Audio, the app provides spoken tours in 14 languages.

Hem Sophoan, who has worked as a guide since becoming licensed in 2008, told The Post that the app is hurting the industry and affecting the livelihood of trained guides. Continue reading