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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri May 31, 2019 7:42 pm

Cambodia / How luxury travel can ease damaging effects of overtourism
By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: May 31, 2019 | Business
As increasing levels of mass tourism in Cambodia’s major cities threaten to place strains on local infrastructure, representatives from the luxury travel industry offer a model of high-value, low-volume tourism they believe is key to preserving the Kingdom’s natural splendour.

Cambodia’s thriving tourism industry has long been defined by a kaleidoscope of all-too-familiar images: the dreadlocked-draped backpacker slouching towards Pub Street, elephant pants billowing in the wind. The busload of ageing tourists dutifully snapping shots of King Father Sihanouk’s statue before being bundled back into air-conditioned comfort. The children swinging off the ancient stone sculptures of Angkor Wat, their parents lost in a well-thumbed Lonely Planet.

But this past year has marked a turning point for Cambodia’s travel market. A handful of new five-star resorts – Alila, Six Senses and Shinta Mani Wild – have launched in the past six months or so, and most have set up camp far from the heart of Cambodia’s traditional tourist hotspots. No longer solely selling an image of ancient temples, the new resorts are instead pulling wealthy travellers to the country’s beaches, jungles and islands, far from the hustle and bustle of major cities.
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Post by Username Taken » Fri May 31, 2019 9:52 pm

Good idea. We could turn Sihanoukville into something like Monte Carlo or Las Vegas and attract the big money tourists. (Or is that the current plan?)
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Post by phuketrichard » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:13 am

Username Taken wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 9:52 pm
Good idea. We could turn Sihanoukville into something like Monte Carlo or Las Vegas and attract the big money tourists. (Or is that the current plan?)
But who wants to enter a casino where the loud , obnoxious, cigarette smoking Chinese are?
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Post by Anthony's Weiner » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:15 am

phuketrichard wrote:
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Good idea. We could turn Sihanoukville into something like Monte Carlo or Las Vegas and attract the big money tourists. (Or is that the current plan?)
But who wants to enter a casino where the loud , obnoxious, cigarette smoking Chinese are?
other Chinese and that is all that matters
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:36 pm

Promotional article for a luxury tour of three SEA countries in 16 days: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Ansova’s “Three Sisters” Tour: Where Luxury Meets Deep Exploration Throughout Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam
October 01, 2019 09:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ansova travel, known for its one-of-a-kind bespoke luxury tours across Southeast Asia, just launched their “Three Sisters” travel package. The package features overnight stays in world-class hotels and destination resorts while providing travelers with an immersive 16-day experience like no other across Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. While must-see attractions are included on the itinerary, special focus is placed on activities far removed from the densely populated tourist areas while highlighting each destination’s unique culture.

One of the package’s many features includes several days in Vietnam’s ancient town of Hoi An with a visit to the historic Old Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travelers will have the opportunity to explore the town’s magnificent local temples, artisan workshops, and the rugged local fish market that sits on the quay amongst numerous historic structures. They will also participate in an introductory Vietnamese cooking course with a local chef, winding down with a group lunch.

Another highlight is three days of deep exploration through Cambodia’s Siem Reap, beginning with a sunrise watch over the world-famous Angkor Wat temple. Visits to several of the city’s quieter local temples will take place as well, along with tuk-tuk rides and a trip to the exquisitely carved Khmer Ruins. While best known for Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has an immensely rich culture along with plenty of off-the-beaten-track destinations to explore, and local guides are there to ensure guests are given a true taste of what this diverse and colorful city is all about.

Awarded as a Positive Luxury Brand to Trust, Ansova cuts no corners when it comes to providing first-class service, with trip planners always on hand to curate tailored itineraries for guests based on their travel needs and budgets. While there are very specific programs outlined on the website, the company prioritizes accommodating its customers above all else by creating bespoke trip packages suited to the individual traveler or group. Tours like “Three Sisters” are designed for travelers who prefer to forgo the planning process and leave their trip in the hands of Ansova, but can very easily be customized.

“A lot of careful planning went into the creation of the ‘Three Sisters’ tour,” says Ansova founder, Mike Nguyen. “While this trip includes all of the ‘not-to-be-missed’ attractions, travelers will also be experiencing the lesser-known sides of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam that most package tours don’t even touch. What we offer is an experience like no other, largely due to the fact that all of us, including our tour operators, are native to Southeast Asia and we all love to travel. We’ll always be a luxury travel company that provides a five-star itinerary, but we balance this out with a very unique and culturally immersive experience that our customers never forget.”
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In addition, the country's two heritage Raffles hotels, the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor at Siem Reap and Phnom Penh's Raffles Hotel Le Royal – think guests such as Charlie Chaplin and Somerset Maugham – are about to undergo massive renovations starting in April.
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Raffles in Siem Reap has just reopened for business.
The Iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor Re-Opens Today
October 1, 2019

Following in the footsteps of its Singaporean sister, the iconic landmark, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, re-opens its doors today following a meticulous six-month restoration. First opened in 1932, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy - to the historic heart of Cambodia for over eighty years.

Set in Siem Reap’s leafy French Quarter, the hotel re-opens with restored rooms, a fresh façade, new signature restaurant and Children’s Club, as well as a menu of new extraordinary Raffles Curated Journeys; from exploring Angkor Wat by Vespa and temple picnics at sunrise, to an Insider Art Tour by Tuk Tuk...
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Post by Mishmash » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:12 am

I bid and lost on this refurbishment.

I had some pictures of the old Raffles rooms switches we were asked to bid replacing - looked like they really were from the 1930's. I wish i could find them now.

I remember they wanted to just change the bedside lamp shades - not even change the lamps. Damn things cost 45$ each.. some wierd architect design.

Boring I know - but the whole design is hmmmm like the 1930's only new imitations. Love to see it now it's done
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:34 am

Here you go, a couple of pics from their website. Beautiful building.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:19 pm

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Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor closed for renovations in April but is due to reopen on October 1, and is now accepting reservations from that date. First opened in the early 1930s and now considered something of a grand dame, the hotel was originally seen as rather incongruous by some, sitting, as it did, so close to the divine ruins of Angkor.

In her well-received book Cambodian glory: The Mystery of the Deserted Khmer Cities and Their Vanished Splendour (1936), writer H.W. Ponder described it as an “immense and dazzling white concrete palace that would look more at home on the Côte d’Azur than in its present setting in the middle of the Cambodian plains”. Were she still with us, Ponder would likely be even less approving of a new Ferris wheel that is reported to be under construction just up the road, near the Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa.
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Post by Mishmash » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:31 pm

Looks frozen in time.. A peaceful reminder of colonialism.

The architects did well and the interior design is magical.

Thanks for the pics.
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