Cambodia saw a large increase in the number of Vietnamese tourists visiting the country in the first five months of this year, to about 305,000.

According to statistics released by Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism on June 25, almost 1.5 million overseas holiday-makers arrived in the country during this period, a year on year increase of 26.3 percent.

Of this number, 1.1 million tourists were from Asian Pacific nations.

Tourism is one of Cambodia ’s key economic sectors and makes a substantial contribution to the country’s GDP, which has helped to ensure a stable economic growth in the country over recent years.

Last year, almost 3 million overseas tourists travelled to Cambodia , including 600,000 from Vietnam .

The Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and the beaches in Kongpong Som province are now popular destinations in Cambodia, attracting large numbers of tourists./