Angkor Wat without tourists: Empty, strange and extraordinary

With travel restrictions in place around the world, and the coronavirus pandemic keeping would-be tourists at home, one of the world’s most famous wonders, the early 12th-century Angkor Wat and surrounding temples, has been left largely empty for months.

But for those who live in Cambodia, the pandemic has offered visitors to the Angkor Archaeological Park a rare opportunity to explore the near vacant temples in peace, quiet and solitude.

“This is really a once-in-a-multi-lifetime experience. There’s very few people in history who have ever been to Angkor alone, or very close to alone, ” says Jared Cahners, an expatriate living in Cambodia who gives food tours in Siem Reap, where the temples are located – when there are tourists to guide.

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