We were starting our tour of Angkor Wat when our guide, Khemra, points out the cordon that forces tourists to walk a foot away from the temple walls carved with the history and legends of Cambodia. He says that we cannot touch the walls in order to preserve it for the future generations.
“They are our heritage. Because of our heritage, tourists come. When tourists come, there is money for the country. When there is money for the country, we can take care of our heritage. When we take care of our heritage…tourists come.”
Khemra didn’t just ask us to take care of the ruins — he told us WHY we should take care of them. That’s something that stuck out to me. Sure, he told us of Cambodia’s rich history and culture almost as if he lived through it since the ancient times, and he told us of little trivia and tidbits while walking from one temple to the next. But, that — that little speech right there about something that should be common sense, but it’s also something that everyone needs to be reminded of constantly — was one of the things that stood out.
Em Khemra, Licensed English Speaking Tour Guide
Phone: (855) 12 863 271
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