Tourists seduced by Cambodia's temples and beaches

25th Mar 2013

Cambodia's stunning temples and beaches are prompting a surge in visitors to the country.

The south-east Asian country's Ministry of Tourism reported 404,106 travellers visited in January 2012.

That's 15.4% up on the 350,257 who came in the same month in 2011, TR Weekly reports.

Cambodia's tourism industry, traditionally second only to textiles as its biggest source of hard currency, provides leading attractions such as beautiful beach resorts and the Angkor Archaeological Park.

The beaches in Sihanoukville come highly recommended and the archaeological park hosts the world-famous Angkor Wat, a site with massive temple structures.

More than half the visitors (53.3%) who flocked to Cambodia in January 2012 came by plane, with 35.3% landing at Siem Reap and a further 18% heading for Phnom Penh.

Many others came by overland transport, with 44.4% of visitors going through border checkpoints from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, which are often all visited as part of south-east Asia group tours.

A huge majority (61.5%) headed for Siem Reap, but the tourism board is keen to reduce pressure on it and is encouraging holidaymakers to visit other locations.

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