Nudes in heritage sites not just confined in Cambodia


Just indexing the rest of the stories from the latest tourists behaving badly at Angkor. According to one article, the phenomenon of tourists taking nudes in Angkor is not unique, and there have been cases reported at other heritage sites. Whatever happened to good old fashioned planking?

preah kahn temple, angkor

Tourists deported after taking nude pics at Angkor
CNN, 10 February 2015

‘Disgraced’ US Sisters Deported for Bare-Bottomed Temple Shoot
Cambodia Daily, 09 February 2015

Caught with their pants down
Phnom Penh Post, 09 February 2015

Cambodia deports US sisters for taking nude photos at Angkor Wat
Asian Correspondent, 09 February 2015

Family insist American sisters who STRIPPED in sacred Angkor Wat ‘didn’t mean to disrespect anyone’ as they are kicked out of Cambodia
Daily Mail, 09 February 2015

US sisters expelled from Cambodia for taking naked pictures in Angkor
International Business Times, 08 February 2015

American sisters deported after taking nude photos at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple
The Independent, 08 February 2015

Sisters kicked out of Cambodia over ‘porn shoot’ at Angkor temple
Metro, 08 February 2015

Categories: Angkor Cambodia Tourism


Not again! Another pair of tourists caught taking nude photos at Angkor


I don’t know if this is some kind of new trend, or just another act of gross stupidity. A pair of tourists, American this time, were caught taking nude photos at Preah Khan. Like the previous French tourists, they were fined, deported and given suspended sentences. Perhaps it is time to give such tourists mandatory jail time?

Preah Khan library

US sisters Lindsey and Leslie Adams arrested for nude photos in temple at Cambodia’s Angkor
AFP, via Radio Australia, 07 February 2015

Sisters ‘arrested and kicked out of Cambodia after taking NAKED photos at sacred Buddhist temple’
The Mirror, 07 February 2015

Arizona sisters arrested for snapping naked pictures at Cambodia Angkor temple: officials
New York Daily News, 07 February 2015

Two American sisters arrested in Cambodia after stripping off and taking nude photos inside the sacred Angkor Wat temple
Daily Mail, 07 February 2015

American Sisters Held for Posing Nude in Cambodian Temple Complex
The Hindustan Times, 07 February 2015

Cambodia detains 2 American female tourists for taking nude photos
Xinhua, via Global Times, 07 February 2015

American sisters arrested for ‘taking naked photos’ in Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
The Telegraph. 07 February 2015

Two American sisters are arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos inside the Angkor temple complex, officials say.

Two American sisters have been arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex in the latest nude stunt by tourists to spark anger, officials say.

Lindsey Adams, 22, and her 20-year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking “nude pictures” inside the Preah Khan temple at the world heritage site on Friday, the Apsara Authority – the government agency managing the Angkor complex – said in a statement.

Full story here.

Wednesday Rojak #42

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It’s almost been a month since the last Wednesday Rojak, and that’s because I’ve been traveling quite heavily for the last three weeks because of the term break and some family matters. On the flip side, it also means that I’ve amassed a few stories for this week’s very belated edition of rojak! Beside visiting Borobudur and Angkor, we also have a closer look at some of the sites in the Philippines.

Fort San Pedro
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Wednesday Rojak #15

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We’ve got a majority of posts from Cambodia in this edition, so let’s just roll up our sleeves and tuck in:

  • Alvin brings us updates on a film in production – Jayavarman VII, considered to be the greatest king of Angkor.
  • Archaeology Magazine brings us the top ten discoveries of 2007 – not surprisingly, the discovery of greater Angkor makes the list.
  • Visithra shares some stunning photographs of the Angkoran temples of Preah Khan, Ta Prohm and Bantaey Samre.
  • While Romeo blogs about Angkor Wat.
  • And in our only non-Angkor post for this edition of Wednesday Rojak, we read from the blog of John Cheong, who is exploring West Malaysia on a bicycle. In this post, he makes a visit to the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum.

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!

Cambodia's temple tranquility

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28 July 2007 (The Courier Mail) – A travel piece about the Angkor temples in Cambodia, skimming over Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Preah Khan and Banteay Srei. Has some practical advice in avoiding the crowds too, although be careful about several spelling errors in the text (eg, Banteay Srei, Suryavarman II).

Cambodia’s temple tranquility

I always thought that visiting Cambodia’s Angkor temples would be like exploring a lost city.

For many years I had heard tales of crumbling ruins hidden from time by steamy triple-canopy jungle that echoed with birdsong and the call of mysterious animals.

I imagined walking along jungle tracks, coming upon a faded ruin only after the last strike of a guide’s machete cleared an overgrown patch of scrub. But the reality of Siem Reap’s Angkor is this: hordes of tourists and well-worn paths leading to crowded temples.

Pick the wrong time of the day to visit Angkor Wat, the most famous of the region’s temple complexes and the symbol on the Cambodian flag, and you’ll be sharing the site with thousands.

The tour buses start arriving mid-morning and drop their passengers on the other side of the moat, with tourists flooding across the Naga Causeway to the dusty temple compound.

While Angkor is now firmly on the tourist track there are still ways to guarantee that you get to see the temples without being surrounded by hundreds of other people, and one is to pick the time of the day you visit.

Start early, and head into the temples while they are still quiet.

Read the full travel piece on Angkor here.

If you’re planning a holiday in Angkor, some books you’d find useful include:
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
Ancient Angkor (River Book Guides) by C. Jaques
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford

Angkor Blog


Keeping with the Angkor theme for this past few days, here’s a website I found about the art and architecture of Angkor, the Angkor Blog.

The Angkor Blog

The name is really a misnomer – it’s not really a blog, but rather a well-indexed information site. Sidestepping the usual touristy information about Angkor Wat and how to get around Siem Reap, this site focuses mainly on the temples, the iconography and the mythology that is depicted on the bas-reliefs and scultpure of Angkor. Plenty of pictures and videos so that you know what is being talked about, as well as links to primary texts like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to explain the various events depicted in art.

That’s it for the series of features on Angkor! If all goes well, I should be returning home today and archaeological news updates will resume tomorrow.