Cultural Tourism
By: Heng Sopheap (National Institute of Management). Picture by : Nathan Dexter ( November, 2001 Volume 1 No.6 )

This is a specific type of tourism that centers upon the heritage and culture of a country and its people. This means tourism that focuses on things such as monuments, historical sites, traditional architecture, artifacts, events, and cultural activities such as traditional arts. Cultural tourism encompasses many elements of tourism market, including visits to attractions and destinations of significance to a region's heritage, such as Angkor Wat, and visits to traditional festivals. It encompasses holidays motivated by a desire to sample national or regional cuisine, to view traditional sporting events and take part in local leisure activities, or to visit workplaces, such as farms, craft centers or factories.
Cultural tourism is the core tourism market of many countries. Cambodia is rich in historic and archaeological sites, such Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Province and other temples in the Angkor complex including Bayon, Bapuon and Banteay Srei, Prasat Koh Ker and Preah Vihear in Preah Vihear Province, Prasat Sambo Prey Kuk in Kampong Thom and many other prasats around the Kingdom. Life is enriched by experiencing the culture of other countries. Here in Cambodia, visitors will certainly enter another world one of ancient cultural traditions, customs, dress, dance, music, drama, crafts and festivals. Cultural tourism can take many forms, and, of course, Cambodia is rich in all of them.