The Siem Reap tourism industry’s high hopes that this year will bring a strong rebound has been given a boost. Why? Because Siem Reap has made it onto the list of the top five trending tourism destinations for 2023 by TripAdvisor.

According to a recent poll by the online travel agency, Siem Reap is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world. It joins the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand and Vietnam, and is a victory for Siem Reap tourism players.

2023 Tripadvisor Winners

Cuba stole the top spot, followed by Hoi An in Vietnam, Mauritius, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. This was followed by Fes in Morocco, Baku in Azerbaijan, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Krakow in Poland.

“We saw a resurgence of travel demand in 2022, and the outlook for this year is bright,” said Sarah Firshein, TripAdvisor’s head of the editorial. “Long-haul trips have made a comeback, and we are seeing a lot of Americans excited to plan trips to Asia and the Pacific region for the first time in several years.”

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The top 10 trending places globally are selected based on places with the largest increase in interest on the TripAdvisor website each year.

Siem Reap Tourism Today

Figures released by the Ministry reveal that during Lunar New Year, more than 105,400 visitors celebrated in Siem Reap. Of that, more than 15,4000 were foreigners.

“Siem Reap is a tourism-friendly province. Aside from temples, there are numerous other tourist attractions awaiting national and international tourists, particularly nightlife after a full day visit. Pub Street is a destination that offers a sense of enjoyment, food and drink, and wonderful music,” the Ministry of Tourism said on its Facebook page in response to the news.

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The Royal Garden in Siem Reap

Tourism Hopes for 2023

The Tripavisor Siem Reap ranking is a fillip for Cambodia’s tourism industry. The Ministry of Tourism is hoping to welcome a total of four million international arrivals in 2023. This marks more than double the arrivals for 2022. In 2022, Angkor Wat welcomed 287,454 foreign tourists, earning $11.5 million from ticket sales.

According to the Ministry, at the start of the year, Angkor was welcoming an average of 1,800 to 2,000 foreign visitors a day. This is a sharp increase on the average of 70 during the pandemic. However, it still hovers way below the up to 9,000 international visitors prior to the pandemic.