VIETNAM - According to an annual report from Cambodian tourism department, there are averagely 5 million people visiting Cambodia in 2016 and this number is predicted to rise. Compared to some other countries in South East Asia, Cambodia is rather small in size and less abundant in terms of nature. Yet the main reasons to attract people to this magnet are Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh. As the largest religious monuments in the whole world, Angkor Wat temple complex is the lens to a rich history of Khmer Kingdom, an architecture spectacle for photography fans and artists.
At the same time, a traveler with no specific goal in mind will still be amazed by its size and intricate design. Phnom Penh, on the other hand, is a gate to a different segment of history with lots of bloodshed. Altogether, a visit to Cambodia, aside from typical South East Asian landscape, offers people the chance to explore and wonder at its rich layers of culture and history. With the wireless connection in even remote places all over the world, it is becoming easier than ever to travel. Visitors, can now, in an instant, access an array of tips and advice.
Where to go, what to do, where to eat, detailed write-ups of destinations are laid out on a fingertip device. The freedom and flexibility that technology brings are allowing people to make bolder travel decisions, especially in independent travel. Out of travel map, South East Asia or Cambodia vacations specifically are rising as a prominent name. And yet, in the land of Angkor Wat tours or Phnom Penh tours, increased flexibility is not always better.
In an ocean of information on the Internet, we seem to lack a conscious focus. With no idea on what to navigate for, travelers can be easily paralized, as a paradox of choice. The time spent for choosing pieces of a puzzle to combine into a well thought out itinerary can be immense and likely to turn a fun process into a headache. In the case of Cambodian tours, it also means dealing with hundreds of ways on how to discover, for example, Angkor Wat and combine that with other activities to fit with each person's style. Tour packages and reliable local companies tend to take care of this and give people a relief in planning.
When travel to Cambodia, as in other countries, requires more individualism, Cambodian travel packages will naturally need to adapt and turn into a better path - customized tours. Knowledgeable local travel consultants with suitable legal documents will pick and choose what's best for different people's styles, avoiding rigid group tour packages as before.
Furthermore, this is also an excellent way to contribute to local economy and save cost by utilizing travel agents in the area, without any middle channel.
Local agents have survived through storms of technology advancement for various reasons. They are the direct negotiators with all kinds of services in the tourism chain. With good rapport and long-term contract, they can easily get better prices that all together, add up to a reasonable tour package that an individual with only internet access cannot seek for.
There are still many kinds of travel experiences that only if you already spent the time to scout and research, do you know which elements to choose. Local travel agents, the ones who live and breathe in the culture and probably scout the same routes for hundreds of time, will be a perfect medium to craft experiences and minimize holes of frustration. Of course, not everyone who claims they are good tour operators are, therefore it's best to deal with ones that are licensed or certified by the right departments.
Using travel packages also means that the product revenue comes to locals in many ways - tourism human resources, restaurants, accommodations. This will help boost Cambodian economy in the long term and help to create a sustainable segment of the future.