Thursday, February 5, 2009
SihanoukVille now has 7 cruise lines making port calls here. Most every week a cruise ship comes for a day or two now. Also, a new passenger ship company offering short trips from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, to SihanoukVille, and possibly to Pattaya and back has begun service. More information as we get it.
Should the SihanoukVille Airport ever be running at full capacity, quick trips to Angkor Wat would be possible, but we're just going to have to wait.
SihanoukVille's tourist resorts have had the best year ever, but the season will probably be shorter due to the financial crisis. Sweden has the most resort tourists coming here in the last 6 months (as usual), but not increasing too much this year. However, Russians, Finnish, Estonians, Norwegians, and English, French, Americans and Australian tourist numbers have been increasing rapidly.
A few of the smaller "resorts" and hotels have increased the number of rooms, Sokha Resort is adding villa type rooms on top of the lake with interconnecting walkways, Independence Hotel has some beachside bungalows planned, and the bridge to Snake Island, (which now has a new name official name, though I can't find it anywhere on the internet), should be completed the middle of 2010.
The SihanoukVille Port is about to go through a $70 million upgrade, and hopefully they'll put in some facilities for cruise ship use, but who knows.