A delegation of Vietnamese journalists is exploring historical and cultural sites in Cambodia under a programme jointly launched by the country’s national flag carrier Cambodia Angkor Air (CAA) and its Ministry of Tourism.

The journalists come from the Vietnam News Agency, the Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Nhan dan (People’s) daily, English-language Vietnam News, Vietnam Economic Times, Saigon Economic Times, Thanh nien (Youth), Dan tri, and VnExpress.

On April 21, the first day of the five-day trip, they visited the three most popular temples in Cambodia , including Angkor Watt, Angkor Thom and Taprohm in the Angkor complex, which is home to a total of 292 temples, in Siem Reap province.

CAA Chairman Tekreth Samrach, who is also Cambodian Secretary of State at the Council of Ministers, underlined the significant role of the media in helping people learn about historical and cultural sites in each country to boost their friendship and economic-cultural cooperation.

Last year, Cambodia welcomed 3.3 million holiday-makers and is expected to serve 4 million this year, he said.

Vietnam now ranks second in the number of arrivals in Cambodia with about 600,000 visitors in 2012, and the figure is hoped to reach 800,000 in 2013, he noted.

As scheduled, the journalists will visit Tole Sap lake, Le Artisan Dangkor arts and crafts centre, Angkor night market, and the culinary centre in Siem Reap town.

They will also tour Sihanoukville before concluding their trip in Phnom Penh where they will engage in a workshop themed “ Cambodia destination”.

Established in July 2009, the CAA is a joint venture between the Cambodia Royal Government and Vietnam ’s national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.-VNA