Japanese company to build luxury tree houses in Siem Reap

The investment follows last year’s triumph, when the company earned a coveted Guinness World Record for its luxury hotel tree houses in Okinawa.

Chea Sokny

Chea Sokny

The Phnom Penh Post


One of the treehouses in Okinawa, Japan. PHOTO: Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort/THE PHNOM PENH POST

July 31, 2023

PHNOM PENH – Japanese company TreeFul has announced plans to develop world-class luxury five-star hotel tree houses on Kulen Mountain in Siem Reap province. It expects that the project will become a tourism product that will attract even more tourists to the Kingdom.

The investment follows last year’s triumph, when TreeFul earned a coveted Guinness World Record for its luxury hotel tree houses in Okinawa.

TreeFul representative Katsuhito Nabeshima said that after breaking the record, Satoru Kikugawa, a world-renowned engineer and Founder of TreeFul, visited Cambodia, and was struck by its beauty.

“After seeing the potential of Kulen Mountain with his own eyes, Kikugawa dispatched experts in agriculture, environment and technical fields to inspect the location. As Kulen Mountain has large trees, busy waterways, and is teeming with wildlife, it fits perfectly with the concept of his tree houses. Japanese engineers and other specialists are assessing the potential impact of the development, and will submit a master plan to the relevant ministries for permission for this investment,” he explained.

Nabeshima also suggested that if the project receives per mission and goes ahead, it will bring many benefits to Cambodia in terms of the economy, environment and poverty reduction of the people in the region.

“The resort will help attract high-net worth tourists who will visit and extend their stays in Cambodia, including Siem Reap itself,” he said.

“With the Royal Government’s blessing, this transformative project will yield manifold benefits for Cambodia’s economy, environment, and local communities. Our tree house chain will emerge as an enticing addition to Cambodia’s tourism offerings, beckoning discerning travelers to extend their stays and indulge in the nation’s rich cultural heritage, particularly in Siem Reap,” he added.

He said that while the tree houses will be luxurious, the project will be environmentally friendly. As Japan is an environmentally friendly country, the project will not harm the environment and is in line with the Kingdom’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He added that when the project is complete, its presence may lead to Cambodia becoming a target for further Japanese investment.

Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) president Chhay Sivlin believed that the project would be good for the tourism sector in Siem Reap and for Cambodia as a whole.

“Most Japanese companies, if they invest, bring high quality services and contribute to helping local people,” she said.

She added that investment by Japanese companies benefits the Cambodian people because Japan hires local employees, is mainly focused on quality and also avoids environmental impact.

In addition, she said the construction of a world-class five-star luxury hotel tree house in Cambodia will also attract the interest of additional tourists.

“If this five-star hospitality materialises, it will attract more tourists from all over the world and further enhance Cambodia’s reputation,” she said.

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