Wat keeps Cambodia tourists returning for more

14th Aug 2013

Little over two decades ago, Cambodia wouldn't have figured prominently among most people's favourite tourist destinations.

But two decades of relative stability have helped the previously war-torn south-east Asian country to emerge from the shadows and become a first-rate holiday favourite among visitors on group tours.

This is being spearheaded by magnificent cultural sites such as Angkor Wat and confirmed in the latest tourism figures.

Angkor Wat's 12th-century Buddhist and Hindu temple complex in Siem Reap province is the world's biggest religious monument at 400-sq km (160-sq miles).

Its numbers of visitors has jumped from 250,000 a year in 2001 to 2 million today.

This has helped swell the number of tourists entering Cambodia by 20.1% in June, according to the country's statistics and tourist information department.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon expects to welcome four million foreign tourists over the year, representing a 12% increase.

The capital of Phnom Penh is the most popular destination, attracting 175,383 visits from people on city breaks.

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