Alison Wright

"On my first day returning to Angkor Wat in Cambodia after twelve years I was initially dismayed to find the ancient ruins literally sinking under the weight of tourists. The last time I’d been on top of Thom Bakheng to watch the sunset I’d been alone with one other French tourist. Now bus loads of Korean and Japanese clamored up Bakheng Hill with an obsessive determination to join the crush of visitors resolute to capture the last rays of the day. I discovered it was best to walk the ruins in the opposite direction of the tourists, when the monks come out to enjoy the quiet of the day."

By Alison Wright


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