The archaeology insider’s guide to Angkor Wat

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CNN Travel tells you how to explore Angkor, featuring insights from archaeologists working there. Disclosure – I am one of the archaeologists quoted, and I know the other two in the article as well.

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Exploring Angkor: You’re doing it all wrong, say experts
CNN Travel, 06 February 2015

For the uninitiated, a visit to Cambodia’s famed archaeological wonder, Angkor, can be a bewildering ordeal.

Imagine this scenario:

You’ve dragged yourself out of bed at 4 a.m. to elbow through hundreds of other camera-clutching tourists angling for the perfect sunrise shot at Angkor Wat.

A couple hours later, you find yourself waiting in a line to get a photo in front of a section of the famed Ta Prohm — better known as the “Tomb Raider” temple, thanks to its appearance in the film — with its surreal trees that appear to be slowly consuming the stones with their ravenous gnarled roots.

Your Indiana Jones visions of yourself, the Cambodian jungle and a landscape of wild ruins have been shattered.

You end the day with little more than sore feet and a memory card full of similar-looking photos that’ll mean little to you in 10 years — long after the quick history lesson you pulled out of your guidebook has slipped away.

Pretty grim, but it’s a scenario repeated thousands of times a week.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Foreign interpreters reportedly taking over the role of local guides in Angkor

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The demand for interpreters, particularly Korean interpreters, have become so high that official guides at Angkor have reported being relegated to the role of porters as foreign interpreters take up the role of guiding over what is supposed to be a local role.

Angkor guides turn into porters [Link no longer active]
TR Weekly, 03 Sep 2012
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