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Apsara Authority bans tourists, assists others

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A woman’s belongings are returned to her. Apsara Authority

Tour agents with the Apsara Authority aided 40 tourists who suffered accidents while visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park and caught another 100 acting inappropriately in January alone.

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said yesterday that according to a recent report, tour agents aided 40 tourists in need of aid in January.

The tourists were in need of aid after slipping on or falling off ruins, due to stomachaches, monkey and snake bites, and also due to lost possessions like phones, wallets and cameras.

“They were both Cambodian and foreign tourists, but most of them are foreigners because they were negligent and have personal health problems,” said Mr Kosal.

In addition, the Apsara Authority banned some tourists from the park after they were caught doing something inappropriate, including flying drones, taking wedding photos without permission, taking lewd photos and entering prohibited zones.

“We have the Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct which includes seven points for tourists to avoid, but the problems still exist because they are not paying attention,” Mr Kosal said.

Mr Kosal said the authority plans to increase its dissemination of the code of conduct to ensure offences are no longer repeated.

Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, lauded the Apsara Authority for aiding tourists in need of help and punishing those disrespecting the park.

“We appreciate their help, but they should do something to prevent those cases from happening again,” she said. “Because some cases such as monkey bites, we can prevent those in advance.”

Ms Sivlin said the Apsara Authority should strengthen security and safety at temple sites to ensure the number of tourists in need decreases as well as those breaking the rules.

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