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Hi-tech eye in the sky survey

Mr. Francisco Gonçalves, President Director, McElhanney; H.E Tann Bou Suy, Deputy Director General, APSARA Authority; Dr. Ea Darith, Deputy Director, Department of Conservation of the Monuments outside the Angkor Park; Dr. Damian Evans, University of Sydney, and project coordinator.

The first report on the Lidar survey of Angkor which has confirmed the existence of an entire city on Phnom Kulen. Published in the Phnom Penh Post on 11 May 2012. For more on what was discovered, see the Phnom Penh Post’s report on the mysterious spirals south of Angkor Wat, and also the Sydney Morning Herald’s coverage.

Siem Reap’s riverside evictions – for whose benefit?

A sewing workshop, whose workers have reportedly been given an alternative location nearby so they can continue to work in the area by the RiverGarden Hotel.
A sewing workshop, whose workers have reportedly been given an alternative location nearby so they can continue to work in the area by the RiverGarden Hotel.

A community in Siem Reap was evicted in March last year, with little notice and less compensation. This post for Travelfish took a look at what happened:

Why giving to streetkids is a really terrible idea

School's out - permanently

It seems so natural and harmless, and resistance feels so callous and cruel, to give to the kids that fill the streets of Siem Reap selling books, postcards, flowers and jewellery, or sometimes just begging for money. Cited in the International Herald Tribune, this post for Travelfish attempts to address the many issues raised.

To tip or not to tip in Cambodia

Thinking about tipping in Cambodia can make you dizzy

Knowing whether or not to tip can provoke serious angst among travellers. This post on Travelfish attempts to answer some questions, and alleviate concerns, but has to admit that, like so much in Cambodia, it’s all as clear as mud. 

The swing set

Adult female northern yellow-cheeked gibbon watches her watchers

An ecotourism initiative in northeast Cambodia is aimed at saving a newly discovered species of gibbon and the unique biodiversity of its home.

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