AirAsia Cambodia Takes Off: A New Dawn for Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Tourism

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AirAsia Cambodia Takes Off: A New Dawn for Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Tourism

Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, two of Cambodia’s most prized tourist destinations, are poised for a significant transformation as AirAsia Cambodia launches its inaugural domestic flights. With its first flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap taking off with near 100 percent passenger load, AirAsia Cambodia is set to enhance connectivity within the country, promising a boost to the local tourism economy. This milestone comes at a critical time, aligning with government initiatives to attract more visitors to the region.

Revitalizing Cambodia’s Coastal Gems

Sihanoukville, known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, has seen a fluctuating tourism industry over the past decade. Meanwhile, Koh Rong, an island paradise renowned for its crystal-clear waters and serene landscapes, has remained somewhat isolated due to limited accessibility. The introduction of AirAsia Cambodia’s domestic routes, particularly the new flights connecting Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, is expected to bridge this gap, making these coastal gems more accessible to both domestic and international tourists.

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Vissoth Nam, CEO of AirAsia Cambodia, emphasized the airline’s commitment to fostering economic prosperity through enhanced tourism and business opportunities. “The launch of our first domestic flights today marks the beginning of a new chapter in Cambodia’s tourism industry, one where accessibility meets affordability,” Nam stated. By providing reliable and affordable travel options, AirAsia Cambodia aims to empower more Cambodians to explore their own country while attracting international visitors.

Koh Rong Airport: A Gateway to Paradise

The development of Koh Rong’s airport is progressing as planned, further amplifying the island’s potential as a premier tourist destination. This new infrastructure will significantly reduce travel time to the island, which currently requires a ferry ride from Sihanoukville. Once operational, the airport will enable direct flights from major Cambodian cities, facilitating easier access for tourists looking to escape to this idyllic island.

Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group, highlighted the strategic importance of this new development. “Leveraging our strong foothold in ASEAN, AirAsia Cambodia is set to provide connectivity to over 130 destinations across Asia and beyond,” Lingam said. The new airport, coupled with AirAsia’s extensive network, positions Koh Rong as a central node in Cambodia’s expanding tourism map.

The Express Highway: Connecting Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville & Koh Rong

In addition to enhanced air connectivity, the new express highway between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is already built. This major infrastructure project is cutting down travel time significantly, making the journey to Cambodia’s coastlines faster and more comfortable. For many tourists, this development means a more seamless travel experience, encouraging more extended stays and repeat visits.

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A Bright Future for Cambodian Tourism

AirAsia Cambodia’s launch aligns with the government’s “Visit Siem Reap 2024” campaign, which aims to draw more tourists to Cambodia’s culturally rich provinces. Siem Reap, home to the iconic Angkor Wat, has long been a magnet for international visitors. However, this new airline initiative is expected to distribute the tourism influx more evenly across the country, benefiting other regions like Sihanoukville and Koh Rong.

The potential economic impact of these developments is substantial. Increased tourist footfall will spur growth in local businesses, from hospitality and dining to transportation and retail. Moreover, it will create jobs and provide new opportunities for local entrepreneurs.


As AirAsia Cambodia embarks on its journey to enhance domestic travel, the prospects for Sihanoukville and Koh Rong look brighter than ever. The combination of new flight routes, the forthcoming Koh Rong airport, and the express highway promises to revolutionize travel within Cambodia, making its stunning coastal destinations more accessible to all. This pivotal moment in Cambodia’s aviation and tourism sectors marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity for the kingdom’s hidden gems.

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By bringing Sihanoukville and Koh Rong closer to the rest of Cambodia and beyond, AirAsia Cambodia is not just taking off—it’s helping Cambodia’s tourism industry soar to new heights.

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