Over 1.11M tourists travel in Cambodia during Pchum Ben festival

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Over 1.11 million domestic and foreign tourists travelled in Cambodia during the three-day Pchum Ben festival, or Ancestor’s Day, after the COVID-19 situation was brought under control, according to a Tourism Ministry’s report yesterday.

The kingdom celebrated the holiday from Wednesday to Friday.

“Although there was rainfall in many provinces, most of the tourist destinations still attracted crowds,” the report said.

“Security and public order had been well secured during the festival.”

The kingdom’s main tourist spots are the famed Angkor Archeological Park in northwestern Siem Reap province, the 440-kilometre coastline stretching over four southwestern provinces, and the eco-tourism sites in northeastern provinces.

The report said the Ministry of Tourism advised tourist destinations to follow anti-pandemic measures such as body’s temperature scanning, handwashing, mask wearing, and social distancing.

A woman holds lotus flowers and candles during the Pchum Ben festival. PHOTO: XINHUA