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Cambodia Launches Search Engine for Angkor Wat Sunset Spots

July 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | ()

The travel industry is no stranger to the concept of loving something to death, and it seems like Angkor Wat in Cambodia is trying to make sure they don’t suffer such a fate.

The rise of tourism in the area has certainly been financially beneficial for the country, with some 250,000 visitors in 2001 growing to 2 million per year today. But the increase in the amount of people has taken its toll, specifically in the popular sunset viewing locations throughout the complex. Reports are that the surrounding environment is being negatively affected by the hordes of people stomping around in the same places, night in and night out, for the past decade.

In response, the country’s authorities have launched a website, Angkorsunsets.com, that allows tourists to locate alternative spots to soak in the sunset, including off-the-beaten-path places that will in turn spread out the crowds. The search engine lets you pick a site based on several criteria, such as crowd conditions, atmosphere, and distance from the gate.

So whether you’re looking for a romantic place near the gate or a remote party scene, the website, in theory, can help you find it. The complex is 160-square miles in total, so you better believe there are far more than a handful of great spots to catch the sunset.

Our first thought upon visiting the website is that it could use a bit of a makeover, but we do support the concept and respect the proactive approach being taken to protect this beautiful and historic area. We think the biggest problem in the past is simply that people don't know where to go, and this should not only spread everyone out, but expose visitors to areas they would not have found otherwise.

Be sure to drop us a line if you've used the site or experienced one of the legendary sunset views at Angkor Wat.

[Photo: Alamy]

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