Latest round of tourist misbehaviour prompts code of conduct

Succinctly summarised as “Keep your clothes on and don’t touch!”

Angkor Wat sunrise

New rules on the way for visitors to Angkor
Phnom Penh Post, 18 May 2015

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Cambodia Daily, 18 May 2015

New rules planned for Angkor Wat tourists
Bangkok Post, 18 May 2015

Angkor Watt new rules to keep tourists fully clothed
World Bulletin, 18 May 2015

Cambodia promotes “code of conduct” for visitors to Angkor heritage site
Xinhua, via Shanghai Daily, 18 May 2015

After several recent incidents of tourists behaving badly at the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Apsara Authority said yesterday that it has nearly completed a code of conduct for tourists visiting the temples, a work two years in the making.

By early June, they should be ready to send a draft to experts at the International Criminal Court to review the code’s legality, Sok Sangvar, head of tourism management planning for Apsara, said yesterday. But much of it is common sense.

“Basically the code looks at where we need to indicate what not to do when visiting Angkor,” Sangvar said. “[Such as] not dressing inappropriately, and not touching things.”

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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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