Tourist falls in Angkor Wat, evacuated to Bangkok

A Chinese tourist had to be evacuated to Bangkok after suffering serious injuries from a fall at Angkor Wat this week.

Angkor Wat

Tourist Rushed to Bangkok After Falling From Siem Reap Temple
Cambodia Daily, 03 February 2015

A Chinese tourist visiting Angkor Wat was rushed to a Bangkok hospital on Saturday after falling off a staircase at the temple complex in Siem Reap City while taking photos of the iconic monument, officials said Monday.

Chau Sun Kerya, spokeswoman for the Apsara Authority—the government body that oversees the Angkor Archaeological Park—said Chinese national Zhou Wei, 45, fell about 2 meters to the ground from a staircase adjoining the east face of Angkor Wat’s main temple.

“No one at the time knew how he had fallen, but when [onlookers] saw him lying on the ground, everyone rushed to help him,” Ms. Sun Kerya said.

She added that the man was first taken to Royal Angkor International Hospital in Siem Reap, where doctors decided that Mr. Zhou’s injuries were too serious to be treated locally and transferred him to a hospital in Bangkok.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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