Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-see for many travelers. This iconic temple complex in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia attracts nearly 2.5 million foreign visitors annually—a number that is growing by about 15 percent each year. Yet the province remains one of the poorest in the country.
Travelers can do their part to spread the tourism wealth by staying a few extra days to explore beyond Angkor Wat and contribute to the local economy, conservation projects, and social enterprises that are paving the way toward a brighter future for locals and creating meaningful experiences for visitors. Here are five ways to make the most of your time and dime in Siem Reap.