Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

03/31/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/31/2019 05:39

Cambodia’s Tourism Authority Bans Food Inside Angkor Wat

The Apsara Authority is trying to reduce littering at the World Heritage site in Siem Reap province of Cambodia.

Cambodia's tourism authority (Apsara) has banned visitors from eating food in the World Heritage temple Angkor Watcomplex in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Hang Pov, Apsara Authority director, said in a letter dated Thursday that the authority wished to remind relevant parties that the Angkor area is a World Heritage Site with many famous temples, especially Angkor Wat, and that eating food in the complex is now banned.

'In order to preserve the precious Khmer legacy and to maintain public order and good sanitation, we ban all food, especially packed meals brought in during sunrise or sunset visits, in the temple complex,' the Khmer Times on Monday quoted him as saying.

He added that tour operators, tourist associations as well as guides have to advice their guests not eat meals in the temple complex.

Nuon Mony, the Siem Reap provincial environment department director, on Sunday said that the ban will help to keep the Angkor site environment clean.

'Leftover food and discarded packages litter the temple complex and it affects the environment at Angkor,' he said. 'The authority is taking action as part of efforts to protect the environment at the Angkor complex and keep its surroundings clean.'

Read the full article at Chiang Rai Times: https://www.chiangraitimes.com/cambodias-tourism-authority-bans-food-inside-world-heritage-temple-angkor-wat.html