Apsara Authority bans scanty clothing & raises entrance fee to Angkor Historical Park

Tourists wearing revealing clothing or untidy dress could be barred from visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor archeological park. The Apsara Authority, the public organization tasked with managing the UNESCO World Heritage site, says it will introduce a ban on untidy or inappropriate dress to “protect” Cambodian culture.

 

The ban targets tourists who strip down almost to their underwear to beat the heat when visiting the temple sites. Inappropriate dress has been identified as wearing clothes that have bare shoulders, very short shorts and clothing that would be allowed on the beach but not at a temple site. The ban covers everyone, both Khmer people and foreigners.

 

Relevant ministries, the travel agent association, tour guide association, hotel association, tourist transport association and tourism operators around the country have been made aware of the ban.

 

Additionally, the entrance fee to the Angkor Historical Park will increase starting 1 February 2017. The date and notice of this increase is unusual to say the least and Diethelm Travel will along with other major players in Cambodia send a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Tourism, and we will keep you updated on any news on this subject.

 

The revised entrance fees are:

  • 1-Day Pass: Increased from USD $20 to USD $37
  • 2-3 Day Pass: Increased from USD $40 to USD $62. The pass can be used for three days within ten days after the issued day; there is no need to use it within three consecutive days.
  • 4-7 Day Pass: Increased from USD $60 to USD $72. The pass can be used for seven days within 30 days after the issued day; there is no need to use it within seven consecutive days.