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Cambodia’s new Tourism frontier

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A year ago, getting to Sihanoukville required perseverance and a certain degree of bravery. There had been no flights to Cambodia’s premier beach resort for years — at least no scheduled services — and cruise ships docking here were few and far between. 

Buses from Cambodia’s star attraction, Angkor Wat, take 10 hours and the first section of the road from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville sees so many accidents that Cambodians usually insist on praying en route at a cliffside temple.

“A seaside getaway is not what most travellers think of when they book a holiday to Cambodia,” said Sibylle Rotzler, sales manager of Bangkok-based Backyard Travel, which recently launched a tour taking in the south-coast resorts of Sihanoukville, Kep, a sleepy French-colonial town, and Koh Kong, a new destination on the eco-tourism trail.

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