Amid Virus Fears, a Tourist Decline in Already Slumping Siem Reap

On a tour of Siem Reap’s Angkor temple complex last month, guide Puy Lekh said the ancient ruins were “very quiet.”

Despite February being a peak travel month in Cambodia, Lekh said there were fewer camera-wielding tourists than he usually sees wandering around the Angkor Archaeological Park. Several guests had canceled tours with his Asia Private Guide Service within the first two weeks of the month.

“Most of my guests are Western,” he said. “Some of them are concerned about this [Covid-19], but I don’t know why because in Cambodia we have [had] just one case.”

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