Preah Sihanouk province governor Kuoch Chamroeun described his province’s tourism potential to Thailand’s ambassador to Cambodia Cherdkiat Atthakor, saying that Cambodia has 30 islands 175km of beautiful beaches to attract Thai investors.

Chamroeun met with Atthakor on December 9 in Preah Sihanouk province. He urged the ambassador to encourage Thai people to visit the province and invest in the province, according to the provincial administration.

He also said that Preah Sihanouk province also has two sea stacks and five coral reefs. The province is also developing a deep port in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to expand port capacity to dock big ships.

The province also has the airport with the longest runway in Cambodia, special economic zones, and the first expressway in Cambodia which enables travel from Phnom Penh to the province in just a few hours.

He said his province is a favorable place for investors and visitors as well as migrant workers who are working there legally and illegally, including Thai people.

Nevertheless, the authorities are cracking down on crimes, such as illegal gambling and money laundering.

He said Thailand had provided financial support to build a drug rehabilitation centre in the province.

Chamroeun requested that the Thai side help train Cambodian coast guard personnel to rescue victims along the coasts.

Atthakor said that his embassy will help promote news of the development of Preah Sihanouk province. During the Sea Festival, he said that Thai business people will join the expo and that a concert group from Chanthaburi would also come to the festival.