Chinese tourists in Sihanoukville in Cambodia

Chinese tourists in Sihanoukville in Cambodia: Since Chinese companies and tourists rush to Sihanoukville, the lives of local residents are becoming increasingly difficult.

Until the 1990s, Sihanoukville was still a quiet port city in Cambodia with very peaceful beaches. At that time, there were only a few bars. It was an alternative destination if the tourists wanted to avoid the sound of the beaches in Thailand...

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Chinese tourists change Sihanoukville:

Today, Sihanoukville is changing dramatically. Social vices are spread with alcohol, drugs and prostitution. Many travelers in Sihanoukville think that this city looks like the wild west of America, according to News.

Chinese mafia groups come to Sihanoukville to "earn a living". They increase the price in bars; the streets are full of garbage. Casinos are everywhere with over 30 facilities and nearly 70 casinos are under construction. Blue Bay Casino Condos and Wisney World, a casino and an amusement park, is under construction with a capital of 1 billion dollars. These are one of the names that attract the most attention…

Local people do not have the right to be accessible to casinos in Cambodia. They only accept foreign visitors. In casinos in Sihanoukville, the number of Western visitors is also low, mainly Chinese tourists. Inside, the cigarette smoke covers the atmosphere. On the baccarat table, although the beer is free but all players don’t drink it. They only take energy drinks...

Chinese tourists in Sihanoukville

Chinese tourists do not speak English. They only respond to greetings with clumsy smiles, then are silent. A casino security guard, who earned $ 500-700 a month as a tour guide until last year, commented "the Chinese tourists are not friendly". They do not like fresh air in Sihanoukville but they only play cash games.

The landing of Chinese tourists in Sihanoukville:

Westerners used to see Sihanoukville as an ideal tourist destination, gradually moving away from the city...Now, this peaceful city in southern Cambodia is hosting a new wave of Chinese tourists. In 2017, 120,000 Chinese tourists came here. This figure is four times higher than the number of visitors for many years in the past.

The influx of Chinese tourists into the city has brought positive economic changes. However, this rapid boom also has disturbing implications: the uncontrolled construction makes the streets dusty; the vehicles carrying the building materials damage the roads in Sihanoukville…

In addition, Chinese tourists are only welcomed by Chinese companies that also employ Chinese workers instead of locals. As a result, local populations are being phased out of the benefits loop because of economic development in Sihanoukville. Hundreds of Cambodian family businesses were closed for a year, thousands of tenants were forced to leave their homes...

"The Chinese tourists have already taken possession of our city and now everything has become more expensive. Before, we only paid $ 50 for rent, now $ 150 and I worry about the future. The Cambodian people will not be able to live here anymore, "said Sono, a tuk tuk driver in Sihanoukville.

Complaints of local people in Sihanoukville:

Tiwi, a Cambodian resident, said he made his living by taking Western passengers from the airport to Sihanoukville. But today, there are fewer and fewer Western tourists and Chinese tourists rent only Chinese drivers. Thus, he had to sell his small bus to a Chinese trader to obtain the payment of his rent. Tiwi fears that in the next few months, he will have to go back to the field work in his hometown...

The criminal situation increases. On July 16, 2018, the English newspaper Khmer News reported that four Chinese tourists were shot while eating in a restaurant and kidnapped. The suspects are also Chinese tourists, escaping by motorcycles.

Not long ago, five Chinese tourists lost the games in the casinos. They kidnapped seven other Chinese tourists for ransom to return home. In May, a British tourist was stunned by 10 Chinese workers in Sihanoukville because he quarreled with these workers by saying that Taiwan a country...

Cambodians are also concerned about the security situation. In his letter to the Ministry of the Interior, Governor Yun Min wrote: "Chinese tourists have created opportunities for the Chinese mafia who causes many crimes. They are drunk and fight just outside the store or in public...”

Interior Ministry spokesman Sopheak told Reuters that Cambodia only greets law-abiding tourists. "We still control our country, the Chinese people cannot control us." he said. But local people are still concerned about the criminal situation caused by Chinese tourists in Sihanoukville.