The Royal Palace, among Phnom Penh’s most iconic landmarks and biggest tourist attractions, will raise its admission price for foreigners by about $4 next year.
A notice posted outside the palace says the current entry fee of 25,000 riel (about $6.25) will be increased to 40,000 riel (about $10) starting in January.
Rain falls on the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday evening. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily) The decision comes weeks after the government announced an increase in ticket prices for Angkor Archaeological Park, nearly doubling the cost of a one-day pass from $20 to $37.
As with that hike, the Tourism Ministry said it was not concerned that visitors to the Royal Palace would be deterred by higher prices.
Tith Chantha, a spokesman for the ministry, said the information was being disseminated months in advance to allow tour companies to adjust the prices of their packages accordingly.
“I don’t think it will have any effect,” he said, adding that the income would go into state coffers.
Van Vichet, chief of operations for the RTR Tours company, said the price hike was “not very serious,” but might turn off some budget-conscious tourists.
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