3rd River Festival Attracts Over 140,000 Visitors

AKP Phnom Penh, The 3rd River Festival, held from Mar. 24 to 26 in Stung Treng, a northeastern province of Cambodia, under the theme "River - Connecting People, Tourism, Culture, and Environment" was concluded successfully with the participation of more than 140,000 local and foreign visitors.

This annual event attracted visitors beyond our expectation, H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism told local media.

We expected to receive only between 50,000 and 60,000 local and foreign visitors, but the figure turned out to be 140,000, H.E. Minister underlined, adding that each visitor spent about US$60 on average, therefore the whole 140,000 visitors spent in total US$8.4 million during the three-day celebration.

Stung Treng is a beautiful province located on a high sandy bank overlooking the Mekong River. It is about 455 kilometres from Phnom Penh and some 40 kilometres to the border with Laos. This charming province is linked to Banlung (Rattanakiri) and is more than just a 'stopover'. The Sekong Bridge, itself an attraction, serves as a convenient passage to the border of Laos.

There are several noteworthy attractions in the province of Stung Treng. The incredible Sopheakmith Waterfall never ceases to mesmerise visitors, and neither does the stretch of the mighty Mekong, which is home to the incredibly rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

The Thala Barivat is only 4 kilometres from the provincial town. This is accessible by crossing the Se Kong River. Thala Barivat is the historical site where the Preah Ko, a 7th century brick temple of King Jayavarman I is located. Preah Ko is consists of six brick towers arranged in two rows of three towers each perched on a sandstone platform. This is one of the earliest temples built during the Angkor era.

Here in the vicinity are a few other small ancient temples; the Prambuon Lveng Temple, Srei Temple and the Angkor Kmao Temple. The Hang Kho Ba Pagoda, a 300-year-old temple in the Hang Kho Ba village, is also only about 6 kilometres from the provincial town and worth the while to pay a visit.

Stung Treng province is also famous for sweet tamarind, Pa Si Yi fish, a local delicacy enjoyed by many tourists.

The Second River Festival 2016 was held in Kampong Cham and Thbong Khmum provinces under the theme "Clean River, Best Community". Next year, this event is scheduled to take place in Kandal province, near Phnom Penh capital.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press