Angkor Visitor Code Of Conduct | What Not To Do When Visiting Angkor
Angkor Wat is the onetime capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia and is regarded as the largest religious site in the world.
After several incidents of tourists behaving inappropriately such as the incident when two American sisters got arrested who apparently dropped their pants and exposed their butts at the sacred site, the UNESCO World Heritage site has released stricter rules on visiting the temples of Angkor. That means, no more selfies with the monks, no more nudity and everyone is expected to dress accordingly. One of the goals of implementing the Angkor Visitor of Conduct is to harmonize tourist experiences with public safety and respect towards the community.
Angkor Visitor Code of Conduct
Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred places. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor.
Touching carvings, sitting on fragile structures, leaning on temple structures, moving or taking archaeological artifacts and graffiti are strictly prohibited. Backpack, umbrellas with sharp tips, tripods and high heels are discouraged from being brought it worn inside the temples.
As Angkor is a sacred site, loud conversation and noises and other inappropriate behaviour in Cambodian culture is considered to be offensive and may disturb other visitors. Please keep calm and be respectful.
For your own safety and for the conversation of Angkor, please comply with all signs on the site and be mindful of your steps at all times. Do not climb on loose stones.
Smoking and Littering
As a member of the World Health Organization, Angkor has been a smoke free site since 2012. Smoking cigarettes disturbs others and cigarettes can start bush fires. To protect the environment, please do not smoke and litter.
Candy or Money to Children
Buying items, giving candy or money to children encourages them not to attend school but to beg. If you wish to help the children, please consider donating to a recognized charity.
Monks are revered and respected. If you want to take pictures, please ask for permission first. Women should not touch nor stand or sit too close to monks.
The code was compiled by the Apsara National Authority, which has overseen the Angkor complex since 1995. Moreover, the printed materials about the new Angkor visitor code of conduct have been handed out to all the hotels, resorts and business establishment all over Siem Reap (Angkor), Cambodia.