via Phnom Penh Post, 12 June 2022: The Apsara National Authority clarifies and, in a sense, asserts its long-standing rules about commercial photography in the Angkor Archaeological Park. You can still use a tripod, but need a permit if you are doing any commercial photography.
The Apsara National Authority (ANA) denied that it had banned the use of camera tripods in the Angkor Archaeological Park, explaining that the confusion stemmed from a long-standing rule which required commercial photographers and videographers to apply for permission to film.
The explanation followed a Facebook post, which had gone viral, with an English caption reading “Tripods are now banned in the Angkor Wat area”.
One social media user wrote: “Not even on the stones or on the ground! No matter what your purpose, you need to ask for permission now? What if you want to remember a wonderful sunset? With no tripod, what quality of photograph would you get?”
Long Kosal, deputy director-general of ANA – the body tasked with managing the park – denied the allegations.