Cambodia welcomed just 70,901 international tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2021, down by 93.9 per cent from 1,155,226 in January-March 2020, as the global Covid-19 pandemic prolongs, the Ministry of Tourism reported on May 13.

Thai visitors topped the chart at 35,294 (down 76.9 per cent year-on-year), dethroning the long-time leading Chinese to second position, with 23,837 tourist arrivals (down 90.8 per cent).

Vietnam ranked third for tourist arrivals by country of origin at 3,562 (down 98 per cent), followed by Indonesia (2,331, down 82.4 per cent) and South Korea (1,124, down 97.8 per cent).

From January-March, 33,535 or 47.3 per cent of international tourists travelled to the Kingdom by air, 37,366 or 52.7 per cent by land. None arrived by water ways.

Last year, Cambodia welcomed 1,306,143 international tourists, down by 80.2 per cent from 6,610,592 in 2019, according to the 2020 Tourism Statistics Report.