Cambodia received 424,300 visitors from other ASEAN member countries in the first quarter of 2014, up 4 percent year-on-year.

The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism’s data showed that the ASEAN tourists accounted for 33 percent of the total 1.27 million foreigners to the country during the January- March period.

Vietnamese visitors topped the list with 189,800, followed by Laos with 99,000 and Thailand with 52,200.

With 32,800 and 27,900 tourists to Cambodia, respectively, Malaysia and the Philippines came fourth and fifth.

In addition, some 13,200 Singaporeans, 8,000 Indonesians, 1,200 Myanmar nationals, and 230 Brunei citizens came to Cambodia during the period.

Ang Kim Eang, President of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, attributed the growth of ASEAN visitors to Cambodia to good travel between Cambodia and other ASEAN member states by both air and land.

Visa-free agreements for holders of ordinary passports between Cambodia and other regional countries have also encouraged more ASEAN residents to Cambodia, he said.

Cambodia is famous for two cultural sites in UNESCO's World Heritage List, namely the 12th century Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province and the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple in Preah Vihear province.

The country boasts a coastline stretching over 450 km in four southwestern provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong. It is also home one of the world’s most beautiful bays.-VNA