I'm going to be in and around Siem Reap for a few days in November and I just heard that there is going to be some sort of Expo that will supposedly attract twice the amount of tourists than they are used to.
Does anyone know anything about this?
#1 halu has been a member since 21/8/2006. Posts: 31
I'd not heard about it - but you can read more about it here at the official AITEX site.
Given how many hotels Siem Reap has I can't imagine you having too many difficulties with a room...
Yes, the Expo is called Gyeongju World Culture, sponsored by the South Korean and Cambodian governments. Siem Reap should be able to accomodated all tourists.
#3 exkhmer has been a member since 13/7/2006. Posts: 28
This is the official website for the expo event:
It runs 20 November 2006 to 9 January 2007.
It's a cultural expo focusing on Korea and Cambodia but there's other countries involved too for things like the Performance Art events. There's also a kite festival and an international film festival going on as part of the expo too.
The AITEX is a tourism industry thing which is happening just for four days in mid December and is aimed at the travel agents etc. more than the general public.
Siem Reap will of course be very busy - I would expect a lot more tourists from surrounding Asian countries than usual - but there is plenty of excess accommodation at the moment.
I'm not sure about the capacity of transport services though, you might have troubles getting on your preferred flight or bus. If you're planning on flying in or out and you know your dates, I'd advise you to book ahead if you can. For buses, don't expect to turn up on five minutes notice and be guaranteed a seat on the next bus out - buy your ticket a day or two earlier, and then you can turn up on the day with no hassles.
#4 Vintage has been a member since 24/10/2006. Posts: 6
Thanks for posting this information. I will be there during this time and it's good to know ahead of time for flights, accomodations, etc
#5 Averydka has been a member since 14/10/2006. Posts: 12