All vehicles are prohibited in front of the Angkor Wat temple which is the iconic attraction of Cambodia.
This prohibition does not include fire engines and ambulances.
Agency Kampuchea Press quoted the words of Prime Minister Hun Sen who said that the only means of transportation nearby this World Heritage should be bike.
“This initiative will ensure order and traffic safety and to enhance the beauty of the region and therefore to enhance the prestige of the World Heritage listed by UNESCO. ” The PM announced.
The ban includes all motor vehicles, including motor cycles.
According to Cambodia Daily, the spokesman of the Apsara Authority which is the management organization of the Angkor temples, Chau Sun Kerya, said that this ban will be applied in May 1, 2016.
“The rule was established since five or six years, but has not been applied … it is now imperative that we eliminate traffic near the site to avoid the destruction of the temple.”
There are now points for visitors who have to walk five minutes to the Angkor Wat temple.
The Angkor Archaeological Park is the main tourist attraction in Cambodia exceeding the importance of the sea resorts in the south of this country.
Between January and March this year, the park welcomed 701.358 international tourists, increased by 1.8% compared to the same period of last year. Entrance fees had reached USD 20.3 million, or up 2.5%.
The most important markets, based on ticket sales, come from China, South Korea and Japan.
The entrance fee to the Angkor Historical Park costs 20 USD per day (foreigners only), 40 USD for the 3-day visit and 60 USD for the one week visit.
Angkor Park was inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites in 1992 and is now the largest cultural tourism destination of the country. It is located in the province of Siem Reap or at 315 km from the northwest of Phnom Penh capital.