Pchum Ben holidaymakers flock to Sihanoukville, Siem Reap


Cambodia’s beachside towns and temples enjoyed an upsurge in the number of tourists during the three-day Pchum Ben holiday, during which Cambodians offer prayers for their ancestors for up to 15 days.

Sihanoukville welcomed around 67,600 visitors on September 22 to 24, an increase of 76 percent from the same period last year, said Nou Sophal, director of the Sihanoukville department of tourism.

“There has been no rain during these last few days of the festival, which is good for travellers and also good for road conditions,” he said.

Siem Reap saw around 118,100 tourists during the holiday break, up about 12 percent from the same period last year, majority of which were locals, based on initial figures from the province’s tourism department.

“This year we have seen more local tourists coming to Angkor Wat over the Pchum Ben holiday compared to previous years,” Chhorn said.

“They come from different provinces, not only from Phnom Penh. We have seen an influx of Cambodian nationals picnicking around the temple area over Pchum Ben.”

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