Third River Festival Announced on Laos Border

Cambodia’s third annual River Festival will be held near the Laos-Cambodia border this year, with the Tourism Ministry organizing a wider tour through the two countries to coincide with the event, the ministry announced on Tuesday.

Chea Bora, a secretary of state at the ministry, said the festival would be held from March 24 to 26, and a four-province tour—through Laos’ Champasak and Cambodia’s Stung Treng, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap—would be made available together with private agencies.

The annual festival is held in a different province each year and has included art performances, exhibitions and vendors selling local handicrafts.

Mr. Bora called on locals to open their homes to visitors to meet the anticipated demand.

“In Stung Treng we only have a few hundred rooms available, so we urge residents to use this opportunity to establish home-stay businesses.”

Details about transportation and fees have yet to be decided, Mr. Bora said.

Luu Meng, co-chairman of the government-private sector tourism working group, said the festival would spotlight rarely seen parts of Cambodia and Laos.

“These areas are not common tourists areas,” Mr. Meng said.

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