Cambodia‏ website finds Wat's best for conservation

10th Jul 2013

As with most things in life, there is more than one way of looking at things - and so it is with the glorious sunset at Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple.

This most treasured of cultural sites draws holidaymakers on group tours not only for its stunning architecture, but for its view of the spectacular twilight.

It has become a victim of its own success, however, with increasing visitor numbers placing its favourite vantage points under threat.

That's why, in an attempt to preserve parts of the ancient site, Cambodian authorities have developed a guide to offer alternative locations for observing the sunset.

The new initiative offers a website that suggests alternative places to watch the sun go down.

This will not only thin out the crowds in previously heavily used areas but also enhance each visitor's experience.

Prospective tourists can now pinpoint a suitable lookout point based on preferred atmosphere and ambience, crowd size and accessibility.

The Khmer Empire's sacred site, hailed as the world's biggest religious structure, is Cambodia's biggest tourist attraction with two-million tourists a year and situated in Siem Reap province.

Angkor Sunsets, the site running the initiative, lauded the temple as of "outstanding value to humanity and part of Cambodia's cultural identity".

It added: "This website is an APSARA National Authority initiative designed to enhance visitor experience and appreciation of Angkor while ensuring its conservation for future generations."

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