I like to get away from Siem Reap at Khmer New Year. The streets get really congested, theft increases and people act how they want without fear of consequences. However, as I got my dates mixed up this year, we ended up getting back to Siem Reap from Kuala Lumpur whilst Khmer New Year was still in full swing. Seyla and I decided to head to Angkor Wat as I had never seen it lit up before in coloured lights. As it was so busy we weren’t able to make it to Bayon as well, but I am really happy we braved the crowds so I could see Angkor looking even more magnificent than usual.
Whilst we were there I was saddened and disgusted to see how people (mostly locals) were treating this temple. I keep thinking that if the people who worked so hard to build this temple so many centuries ago could see the way people were disrespecting it now, they would be brokenhearted. If we keep treating Angkor and the other temples this way then there won’t be anywhere to celebrate for future new years.