Over 1 mln tourists travel in Cambodia during Chinese Lunar New Year: minister

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) - Cambodia recorded about 1.04 million domestic and foreign tourists during the celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Wednesday.

Chinese tourists post at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia on Dec 9, 2018.(Photo:VCG)

Some 1 million locals and 42,056 foreigners travelled in the Southeast Asian nation during the festival from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, he said in a report.

The country's three top tourist destinations are Preah Sihanouk coastal province, Siem Reap cultural province, and Battambang province, Khon said.

"For tourists to Preah Sihanouk province, most of them travelled to the province in the morning and returned home in the evening by traveling on the [Chinese-invested] Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway," he said.

"Security, safety and public order during the festival had been well maintained, and there were no remarkable problems during the celebrations," he added.

Although it is not an official holiday in Cambodia, the Chinese Lunar New Year is widely celebrated in the kingdom.