Responsible tourism in Angkor

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19 August 2007 (The Brisbane Times) – The article talks about the tourist effects in Siem Reap and how to practice responsible tourism in while visiting the temples of Angkor. I’ll be touching a little more on this when I write the next Adventures in Angkor installment at the end of the week.

Invasion of Angkor Wat
Cambodia’s jewel has survived a lot, but popularity may be its biggest challenge, Kerry van der Jagt writes.

Angelina Jolie has a lot to answer for. Ta Prohm, with its ancient stonework and massive tree roots, is now sadly known as the Tomb Raider temple. And the tour groups love it. I watch on as entire groups re-enact Lara Croft running out from the temple.

One at a time they sprint, leap and hurl themselves towards their tour guide – and his video camera.

More like a stampede of clearance-sale shoppers than responsible travellers.

Angkor Wat and the surrounding Angkor temple complex in Cambodia are without doubt one of the seven man-made wonders of the world.

Stretching over 400 square kilometres, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer empire, from the 9th to the 15thcentury.

In December 1992, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation declared Angkor a World Heritage Site.

In 1993, 7600 intrepid travellers visited Angkor, but by 2006 the number had skyrocketed to 1.6million. By 2010, 3 million people are expected to visit Cambodia.

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