Cambodia upgrades Angkor region in search for a new kind of visitor

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Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khymer Empire in modern-day Cambodia, is one of the world’s leading attractions, with the number of tourists marvelling at the Unesco World Heritage Site growing steadily for many years. As a result, nearby Siem Reap – which used to be little more than a few streets with French colonial buildings – has grown to become a bustling city of around 250,000 inhabitants. The “Pub Street” in the city centre became an attraction for party-loving backpackers, rather to the horror of others who would rather have peace and quiet during their stay. Mass tourism brought wi…

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