Cambodia draws 424,300 visitors from ASEAN in Q1,

2014-05-14 12:00:00

Cambodia received 424,300 visitors from other ASEAN member countries in the first quarter of 2014, a 4 percent increase over the same period last year, the data of the Ministry of Tourism showed Friday.

ASEAN tourists to Cambodia accounted for 33 percent of the total 1.27 million foreigners to the country during the January- March period this year, the data said.

 During the first quarter of this year, Vietnamese visitors to Cambodia topped the chart with its 189,800 citizens, followed by Laos with 99,000 and Thailand with 52,200.

 Malaysia and the Philippines came at fourth and fifth with 32, 800 tourists and 27,900 respectively, it said.

 In addition, some 13,200 Singaporeans, 8,000 Indonesians, 1,200 Myanmar nationals, and 230 Brunei citizens had come to Cambodia during the period.

 Ang Kim Eang, president of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said the growth of ASEAN travelers to Cambodia was attributed to good connectivity between Cambodia and those ASEAN member states by both air and land.

 "Visa-free agreements for the holders of ordinary passports between Cambodia and its ASEAN countries have also encouraged more ASEAN peoples to Cambodia," he said.

 Cambodia is famous for two cultural sites in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. One is the 12th century Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province and the other is the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple in Preah Vihear province.

 Besides, it has a coastline, which is one of the World's Most Beautiful Bays, stretching over 450 km in four Southwestern provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong.