DestinationsSiem Reap has a ‘new face’, following a multi-million major makeover, and it wants to show it off.

Everyone wins as Angkor Wat reopens

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Ticket sales at Angkor Wat will benefit rural communities in Cambodia.
Ticket sales at Angkor Wat will benefit rural communities in Cambodia. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Goran Safarek

Visitors returning to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat can expect to enjoy a much- refreshed experience thanks to a US$150 million makeover of the city’s roads, the addition of bike lanes along the river and upgrades to the Angkor Wat heritage park.

Even more encouraging, thanks to a government initiative, revenue from Angkor Wat ticket sales will be used to accelerate rural development.

“Siem Reap’s downtown and surroundings, as well as the Angkor Wat heritage park, now have a new face,” said Thourn Sinan, president of the Cambodian chapter of PATA, speaking to the South China Morning Post.

“This new face is a very effective way to attract more international tourists and convince them to stay longer.”

Thourn said he was optimistic that Cambodia could become a “quality tourism” destination in its quest to attract one million international visitors this year and triple that number in 15 years.

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