Cambodia to expand World Heritage status

PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2017: Cambodia will summit a request to UNESCO to consider Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot as candidates for the prestigious World Heritage list by mid-June this year.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts confirmed submissions are being finalised that will be presented mid year to UNESCO.

The submissions will be presented when Cambodia hosts the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap, 10 to 15 June.

The State for Tourism secretary, Tith Chantha, was quoted saying the three towns have considerable colonial architecture heritage, and a high potential to attract tourists, but they need preservation.

“The three cities are considered secondary tourist destinations in Cambodia, after Siem Reap, home to the Angkor World Heritage Site,” he said.

Battambang is Cambodia’s second most populous town and a popular tourist destination due to nearby ancient temples, Buddhist shrines and a bamboo railway.

Located in the east of Cambodia, Kratie is a small town on the banks of Mekong River. A stretch of the river north of town is home to a group of rare Irrawaddy dolphins. The dolphins are the town’s main tourist attraction.

Kampot is a quiet riverside town, just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand. It offers plentiful historical and natural wonders to discover and serves as a common gateway to Bokor National Park, the beaches of Kep, the beautiful rapids of Teuk Chhou and other attractions in southwestern Cambodia. It was a provincial administration centre for French colonials, which gave the city its distinct architecture and town layout. Cambodia already has three World Heritage sites on  UNESCO lists.

World Heritage in Cambodia