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Cambodia ranks second in Lonely Planets list of 2013's best-value destinations

Lonely Planet, famous for its travel guides, has recently released their list of the best value for money holiday destinations of 2013. Cambodia placed second on the list, bested only by Sweden's Gothenburg. Cambodia, home to UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat, is shaping up to be one of the year's top holiday destinations with arrival figures steadily increasing despite the global economic decline that has plagued other leading holiday destinations.

Cambodia ranks second in Lonely Planets list of 2013's best-value destinations

Lonely Planet, the world's largest travel guide book publisher recently released their list of the nine best value holiday destinations for 2013. Cambodia had the honor of being named on the list placing second with Gothenburg Sweden in first position.

Cambodia, home to Angkor Wat one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other popular cites including Siem Reap and Phnom Penh has in recent times been building its reputations as one of the most affordable holiday destinations with something to offer every taste from culture enthusiast, to backpackers and even those who crave a bit of sun sea and sand making it the ideal for budget conscious travellers who still want to have a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

Of the notable mention in Lonely Planet's list, CEO of Asia Tour Advisor, Tran Truong stated:

"Yet another boost to the already thriving holiday business in Cambodia. This is such good news. The Cambodian people have a sensible attitude to sustainable tourism. They realize that value for money is extremely important in this highly competitive market. Resisting the temptation to hike prices, has been responsible for huge increases in tourist traffic".

Cambodia's tourism industry has indeed been experiencing a boom, bucking the trend of declining arrivals that has plagued many of the world's most popular holiday destinations in recent times. At the beginning of August, Cambodia's tourism officials released their half yearly report citing a 19 per cent increase in international arrivals compared with the same period in 2012. According to the official report, 2.09 million traveller booked holidays to Cambodia in the January-June 2013 period compared with 1.75 million in 2012.

The Angkor Wat temple alone attracted 1.12 million foreign visitors in the first half of 2013, highlighting what a great asset the mystical temple is to the Cambodian tourism industry.

Cambodia is also building a reputation not just for being a go to destination for those interested in for cultural holidays but also for those holidaymakers hoping to sink their toes into the sandy shores of some of the world's top beaches. Recently CNN online listed Cambodia's Southwestern Beach on Koh Rong Island as one of the World's 100 Best Beaches, notably ranking higher on that list than beaches in Caribbean destinations like Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago both known for their white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

Lonely Planet's 2013 Best Value Destination list was complied by Lonely Planet's travel experts. Other destinations to make the list included Bolivia, Spain, Slovenia, Nepal, Portland Oregon, Georgia and Namibia.

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