More Airlines fly to Cambodia’s seaside resort Sihanoukville


Will 2015 be the turning point for tourism in Sihanoukville? The coastal destination, located in Southern Cambodia, was until now mostly known as a backpackers’ paradise. However, the launching of international flights this year might bring deep change in the resort’s fate.

Over the last three years, Sihanoukville has been linked on a regular basis to Siem Reap and on a more irregular basis with Phnom Penh. Since June, it also receives regular charter flights from South Korea and Singapore. Since November 26, the coastal destination is linked to Kunming in China. Flights are operated by low cost carrier Lucky Air with a frequency of two weekly services in a Boeing 737-800. Regional carrier Bangkok Airways is also mulling out the option to potentially link Sihanoukville to Bangkok.

n the first eight months of the year Sihanoukville airport handled a total of 65,698 passengers, with total arrivals at 35,882, up 149 per cent and 140 per cent year-on-year, respectively.Sihanoukville wants particularly to target Chinese holiday makers. In one year time, the number of casinos already doubled to 15 properties while some resorts in and around Sihanoukville are built as Cambodian versions of typical Chinese resorts…