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Tourism in Cambodia

Tourism in Cambodia

Cambodia recorded a total of 7 m tourists in 2019, ranking 59th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Cambodia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.40 tourists per resident, Cambodia ranked 110th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 6th.

Cambodia generated around 5.31 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 21.00 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 703 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Cambodia spend only around 499 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in CambodiaThe most popular destinations in Cambodia are above all:
  • The vast ruins of Angkor Wat near the city of Siam Reap
  • The capital Phnom Penh with the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the promenade of the Tonle Sap
  • The port city of Sihanoukville and the surrounding beaches


Development of the tourism sector in Cambodia from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Cambodia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Cambodia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 71.00 m USD, or about 2.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 220,000 tourists at that time and roughly 323 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 5.31 bn USD, accounting for 19.61 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 804 USD for his holiday in Cambodia.

Tourism receipts in Cambodia per year

All data for Cambodia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20196.61 m5.31 bn $19.61 %804 $
20186.20 m4.83 bn $19.66 %779 $
20175.60 m4.02 bn $18.14 %718 $
20165.01 m3.52 bn $17.60 %703 $
20154.78 m3.42 bn $18.94 %716 $
20144.50 m3.22 bn $19.28 %715 $
20134.21 m2.90 bn $19.01 %688 $
20123.58 m2.66 bn $18.95 %743 $
20112.88 m2.26 bn $17.60 %783 $
20102.51 m1.67 bn $14.86 %666 $
20092.16 m1.46 bn $14.06 %677 $
20082.13 m1.28 bn $12.36 %602 $
20072.02 m1.17 bn $13.53 %580 $
20061.70 m1.11 bn $15.24 %652 $
20051.42 m929.00 m $14.76 %653 $
20041.06 m673.00 m $12.61 %638 $
2003701,000441.00 m $9.5 %629 $
2002787,000509.00 m $11.88 %647 $
2001605,000429.00 m $10.77 %709 $
2000466,000345.00 m $9.4 %740 $
1999368,000240.00 m $6.8 %652 $
1998287,000129.00 m $4.1 %449 $
1997219,00099.00 m $2.9 %452 $
1996260,000117.00 m $3.3 %450 $
1995220,00071.00 m $2.1 %323 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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