Thai and Cambodian authorities have created the “Two Kingdoms, One Destination” tourism pact to increase foreign and Inter-ASEAN tourism.

The new single-visa option has been created for tourists looking to explore both countries in one trip. But what are the benefits? Firstly, if you visit Thailand first for example then fly to Cambodia all the customs guys will need to do is check your passport and hand back to you! So there will be no time wasted queuing up with 300 other tourists, no hidden costs and also your passport won’t fill up so quickly with extra visas and stamps! The Cambodian visa on entry takes up a whole page plus a stamp too.

Which country will benefit most from increased tourist numbers? Visitor arrivals to Cambodia from Thailand were up by 37% to 71,572 during the first quarter of 2015. Cambodia received 1.3 million foreign tourists overall during this same period, which is a 3.1% increase compared with the same period last year.

Thailand has been one of the biggest international tourist destinations in South East Asia for many years, last year saw 24.78 million visitors, which is actually a 6.66% reduction on the 2013 peak!

Cambodia received 4.5 million visitors last year, which is an increase of 7% compared to the year before. Cambodia’s GDP is currently $15 billion, tourism generated $3 billion last year.

It’s clear to see that Cambodia stands to benefit the most from this deal as it is an emerging tourist destination, a bit like Thailand was 20 to 30 years ago. Thailand will also benefit from the new single visa too, in particular from package holiday deals. Imagine you’re sat in your cold European home town, it’s dark and raining, then you see on line the trip of a lifetime taking in the sights of Bangkok followed by Thailand’s ancient capital city Ayutthaya then flying to Siem Reap and visiting the ancient Angkor Wat temple, all on one tourist visa!