Like many others, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat had been on our bucket list too. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and King Louie, the King of the Bandar Log (a character added by Walt Disney in the 1967 animated film) had been one of our early inspirations to want to visit the famed temples. When you first reach the tiny international airport at Siem Reap, (you don't need a bus from where the plane lands to the airport door. You can walk.) the first thing you will be treated to is a cacophony of accents. According to reports, 2.2 million tourists visited the temple complex in 2016. While it amounts to the largest part of the country's income, it's now (just like many parts of Europe) disrupting the everyday life of the locals, making them almost averse to tourism.
While waiting for our luggage to arrive at the designated conveyor belt, a large LCD screen (difficult to miss) caught our attention. The video told the story of how international tourists who came to visit the country indulged in behaviour that greatly offended the Cambodian ancestors. It's a funny video, where the tourist behaves outrageously and the fearful local looks at the spirit of his ancestors, who give him a disapproving nod. It is that video actually, along with a few other happenings that inspired us to write this piece. So before you set out on your Cambodian adventure. Here are a couple of things to remember.