Limits put in place at Angkor Wat to stop tourists ruining sunsets

16th Mar 2017
Written by: Dave Owen

 

It sits high on many a backpacker’s bucket list, but sunset-watching at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex could now prove more difficult, as limits on visitor numbers have been put in place.

The step has been taken as the huge number of tourists – sometimes over 1000 – showing up for the spectacle threatened to ruin it all together.

The most popular spot to watch the sun set over the ancient Khmer ruins is the hill at Phnom Bakheng. As well as the tranquillity of the moment being ruined by the presence of so many people, the management team had become concerned about damage to the temple there.

Sunset at Angkor crowds

It will still be possible to watch the sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng – a maximum of 300 visitors will be allowed to the top at any one time. There will also be places to see the sunset on the hill without actually going to the top.

The measure should benefit tourists, as they’ll be able to view and photograph the sunset without being hampered by overcrowding.

Around half of all visitors to Cambodia visit Angkor during their stay.

Search

Elephant Rescue and Conservation in Cambodia

from £725

7 - 84 days

Observe gentle giants in their natural forest habitat and assist the team in conducting elephant health checks.

Homestay Programme in China

from £550

30 - 90 days

Placements in Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, or Shenzhen, gain tutoring experience & live with a Chinese family, learn Mandarin.

Combined TEFL Course Barcelona

from £1232

10 days

Join our 10-day combined TEFL course in Barcelona and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Become a Ski Instructor and Teach

from £4645

150 days

Become a qualified ski instructor on our 4 week CSIA Level 1 course in Whistler Blackcomb and then be eligible...

Welcome To Travel: Melbourne

from £495

8 days

Heading to Australia? Is it your first time travelling? Want to experience the world's most liveable city and have unique...

Intern in Journalism in Barcelona

from £3535

42 - 180 days

Get ahead in the competitive world of journalism and media by pursuing an internship in Barcelona. Launch your career while...

Bottlenose Dolphin Conservation

from £960

11 - 25 days

Play an important role in marine conservation by researching and observing bottlenose dolphins on the stunning northeast coast of the...

Jungle Trekking and Sea Turtle Conservation in the Perhentian Islands

from £1120

21 - 56 days

Volunteer for jungle conservation in your first week in mainland Malaysia before venturing to the Perhentian Islands for two weeks...

Southern Italy Summer Holiday Course

from £3975

14 - 28 days

Go deeper under the skin of Italy and explore the lesser-known south. Travel through Sicily, up through Calabria, finally to...

International Marketing & PR Internship In Vietnam

from £1035

30 days

Vietnam is rapidly developing as one of the emerging markets in Southeast Asia.

Search

Classic Spain

from £1929

Spain

In Spain, a country that’s filled with flavour, artistry, and passion, there’s no such thing as going halfway. Start in...

The Inca Trail in Comfort

Peru

Dreamed of hiking the Inca Trail, but wish the experience weren't so rustic? Now it's not! This four-day Inca Trail...

Bolivian Salt Flats & The Andean Desert

from £950

Bolivia

Cruise across the otherworldly landscapes of the Atacama Desert, past ice-capped mountains and colour-shifting lakes, on this 4WD safari. The...

Music, Mountains & Monuments Westbound

from £539

United States

Culture vultures, get ready to take flight on an incredible tour of American capitals – business, political, and musical. From...

Bruges Easter

Take a four-day city break to Bruges this Easter with Topdeck. Beautiful Bruges is by far one of THE best...

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia – Phuket to Penang

from £2120

Thailand

Enjoy the stunning west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise. Between the more popular holiday...

Vegas Trail

from £1099

Welcome to what might very well be the best few days of your life. Take a trip across the west...

Costa Rica Experience

from £646

Costa Rica

Even in a region well known for its natural diversity, Costa Rica is still a stand out. Thanks to a...

Masai Mara Safari Experience

Kenya

Travel through the Great Rift Valley on to our safari lodge in Kenya's premier wildlife reserve—the Masai Mara. Explore diverse...

Realm of the Polar Bear

from £2384

Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Always...

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]