Known as a mysterious and cheap tourist destination, Cambodia Tourism 2021 is still in search of thrill-seekers, even in the day and age of COVID-19. Though people will not travel abroad right now, the interest in packages to this country urges them to contact tour agents, asking for the safety status in the kingdom. The virus prevention methods have been applied, and the country has recorded no deaths so far.

COVID-19 Damage on Cambodia Tourism

From January 2020 to 01 January 2021, Cambodia recorded a total of 378 infected cases, of which 362 cases were recovered and no deaths. The pandemic is still there, which drives the local tourism sector to face difficulty while the residents are always required to be aware of the virus spread. They should wear face masks and use hand sanitizer. In fact, on 14 March 2020, the kingdom announced restrictions on travelers from countries of Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and the United States. This was an attempt to avoid the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, this almost killed tourism in the country because people started to stop going abroad. Namely, during 2020, Angkor Wat became nearly emptied.

One problem with the COVID-19 in Cambodia is the spread of misinformation and fake news. All in all, it’s best to read the reliable sources of information on the official websites of the Ministry of Health and the CDC (the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention). At present, people’s health and safety against the deadly virus are of the utmost importance. Especially after the “community incident on 28 November,” the country should be more careful though the situation was put under control, without any new infected cases.

Cambodia Tourism is Known by its Unique Attractions

The media has done a lot to introduce Angkor Wat, Koh Rong, Ta Prohm, Sihanoukville, etc., to worldwide travelers, but the coronavirus’s damage is serious. As people are afraid of the virus outbreak, they might not be willing to fly this day, but tomorrow will be better. Together with the giant Angkor Archaeological Park, the kingdom has more to offer tourists, like the Khmer food or the Apsara dance. One of the most outstanding advantages of tours to Cambodia is convenient and cheap access by plane, road, or cruise. As always, the highlight of Angkor Wat – a giant religious monument ever built, could wow beholders on the early 12-century Khmer architecture. In 1992, Angkor Wat was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is sure to be a must-see. Within the park, there stand out other mysterious sites to explore, namely Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Beng Mealea, Bayon, Preah Khan, and more.  Many people love beaches, and Cambodia has paradise beaches with splendid beachfront resorts. Roh Rong Island will not fail to amaze you. With Angkor beer and fresh seafood, the island takes you away from any worries about the deadly virus as the escape is refreshing.

The tours to Cambodia might not be complete without a day in Phnom Penh whose highlights are the ancient temples, pagodas, and palaces. If being there, make sure you see the Wat Phnom (Hill Temple), Wat Preah Keo (Pagoda of Emerald Buddha), Wat Ounalom, Cambodian Royal Palace, Wat Preah (Silver Pagoda), and Independence Monument. Also, get to Phsar Thmei (Central Market) to chat with the Khmer, eat the Khmer food, and buy items like Krama scarf, Angkor-printed T-shirts, and postcards. Interestingly, some bites of the insect food such as tarantulas, scorpions, crickets, red ants, grasshoppers, giant water bugs, etc., can exhilarate your palate. And, things are so cheap that you do not need to save months to travel to the kingdom.

The street market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The street market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia Inbound Tourism Revival in 2021

According to Khmer Times, people were not optimistic about the recovery of Cambodia tourism 2021. Tour agents cast their doubts over if the Cambodia tours can attract travelers, after the fallout of COVID-19. In that situation, there raises a need to find a reliable tour agent, who provides accurate updates and heartfelt support to potential visitors. So, if you’re questioning for one, Indochina Charm Travel is an answer. This Cambodia Tour Operator is willing to inform guests of what is going on in the destination and tell them what to hope for. You might not travel there today, but knowledge in advance can surely keep you safe before taking any trips abroad. That is why the operator is there to support. Just ask them to have your questions answered.

Even though some tour operators hold little hope for the 2021 tourism revival in Cambodia, there would be “sunshine after rain.” The good thing to do now is to contact your tour agent and tell them your desire to visit the kingdom if any. The reliable one will inform you of the latest updates as well as advising you whether you should go in this day and age. It’s obvious that COVID-19 has not just affected Cambodia, the region, or even Asia, but the whole world. An update is that hotels, restaurants, and other hospitability services are still operating in Sihanoukville, but there are not many foreigners, only the locals. On the wait for the situation to settle down, the tourism sector in Cambodia would need support from the government as well as worldwide affection.

This January, the cycling championship and Angkor half marathon will be held, according to AKP Phnom Penh. After the postponement because of the COVID-19 crisis, the National Cycling Championship 2021 will take place on 23 January while the 25th Angkor International Half Marathon 2021 will be on 24 January. These events of sports, friendship, and solidarity have been attracting thousands of participants all over the world during the past years. And, this year, the tournaments have to ensure compliance with all safety measures against the virus and in order to prevent the possible virus outbreak. So, though being hit very hard by the coronavirus, Cambodia tourism 2021 expects positive changes. As long as people are still interested in the magnificent Angkor, the country would be able to call them to visit and unveil some secrets.

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