Siem Reap’s Tourism-Reliant Residents are Struggling Financially

The popular “Pub Street” sign in the temple town of Siem Reap shines bright against the night sky. But, nearly all the bars, restaurants, and clubs lining the usually-crowded tourist trap are dark and silent.

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic, massage parlor staffers would try their best to entice tourists to sample the various types of Khmer massages and tuk tuk drivers could be seen animatedly directing travelers to jump into their vehicles. Nowadays, there is an eerie silence resonating through the temple town.

For the last two months, Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination, and home to the Angkor Archaeological Park, has felt the effects of the viral outbreak that has decimated the global travel industry.

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