Royal Group plans ‘next Asian Riviera’ in Cambodia

KOH RONG, CAMBODIA A massive development on Cambodia’s Koh Rong island carries a pair of attention-grabbing labels: Asia’s first environmentally planned resort destination and the next Asian Riviera.

The project backed by Phnom Penh-based Royal Group of Cambodia was first unveiled in 2008, but the company has recently begun circulating a more detailed master plan among potential investors. While primarily intended as a luxury destination, Koh Rong will have a range of 3- to 5-star hotels, along with an airport, marina, port, golf courses, shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment.

The project has a five-year timetable for development of the first phase, with complete build-out expected to take 25 years. The Cambodia government has granted Royal Group a 99-year lease to develop the island.

Koh Rong is less than an hour’s flight from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

Royal Group also owns the 200-key Hotel Cambodiana, the country’s first 5-star hotel and the only luxury hotel on Phnom Penh’s waterfront.