With all the tourism money coming in, the Cambodian government ought to at least try to improve the living conditions of local people, in particular, villages in close proximity to tourist sites and ruins located further away from the main temples of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom etc. Most of these locals still live in an extremely 'primitive', destitute state, and one environmental consequence of this is the bad, polluted smells that their unhygienic dwellings give off to visitors roaming the beautiful temples nearby! For some, this is enough to spoil an otherwise memorable vacation!
Tourists walk the grounds at Angkor Wat last year. Heng Chivoan
Angkor Wat continues to lure foreign tourists
Wed, 6 July 2016 ppp
Revenue from ticket sales at the Angkor Archaeological Park complex in Siem Reap province, the site of Angkor Wat, increased slightly during the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2015, new figures from the state-run Angkor Institution show.
Ticket revenue during the first six months of the year exceeded $31.27 million, a 1.7 per cent year-on-year increase, with the number of foreign visitors coming just short of 1.1 million, up 0.7 per cent year-on-year.
The government took over control of ticket sales from privately owned Sokimex last November and established the Angkor Institution to manage ticket sales.