27 Nov 2017
Cambodia is home to some of the world’s most astoundingly beautiful islands, bursting at the seams with white sand, clear water and an overabundance of flora and fauna.
Real estate investors are eager to tap into the natural resource, and experts told Post Property that the Kingdom’s coastal areas will flourish as the tourism and real estate industries ramp up investment in the area.
Kim Heang, head of the Cambodian Valuers and Real Estate Agents Association, said Cambodia has many islands, but most of them are not developed. Some companies have been given government concessions to develop islands, but many have yet to actually do so. Some have even sold concession rights off to other companies.
“When development companies invest in developing the islands, the islands will become more attractive to tourists and investors while the price of the land has the potential to go up even higher,” he said. “The development project owners can start building infrastructure on the island to get an even higher price. When streets, bridges and transportation get easier, it will be more convenient for people living in Phnom Penh and other coastal provinces.”
He added that companies needed to focus on the infrastructure of the islands, as very few of them had ports, roads or transportation.
Chrek Soknim, CEO of Century 21 Mekong, said development projects with detailed plans can bring potential to areas along the coast and catch the interest of foreign investors. The islands, he said, were an easy way to attract tourists and build businesses.
However, Vorn Chanthorn, managing director of Town City, said it would take a large amount of capital to develop the isolated islands and mentioned the national and international environmental protections would need to be followed during construction.
“This is not just any kind of investment,” he said, adding that the companies needed to invest carefully and accurately.
“Island development is a positive for Cambodia’s tourism sites. The companies who have already obtained concession rights should invest in building bridges or ports to ease transportation and, if possible, they should develop the islands into resorts and leisure destinations,” he said.