Waiting the International Student Identity Card in Cambodia

When I visited museums in Italy, Holy Land, Egypt and Ireland, I could get in using my then International Student Identity Card. I find it very modern and civilized, plus a right of education. If a Cambodian young person happens to visit the National Museum of El Cairo, it is enough to apply for the ISIC and he or she will enter free. Well, it is not understand by Apsara Authority, Sokha Hotel and Sokimex that administrate the Angkor temples. For them, every foreigner MUST paid 20 US dollars for one day, 40 for three and 60 for a week.

The only foreigners excluded are those under 12 years old. The hotel, that takes a big percent for the administration of the temples (!) deploy a big number of ‘guards’ (most of them impolite persons with zero training in international tourism) to control if every foreigner has the ticket inside the archaeological site.

There is not, as in real modern countries, a exception for elderly people, for example. Nothing for foreigners working in Cambodia in humanitarian organizations.

By the other part, the access to Phnom Kulen continues closed to foreigners. As a local trade man built the road, he decided some years ago to charge foreigners with another 20 US dollars the access to the Sacred Mountain of the Cambodians. Well, it is not real worthy to pay such amount, but the shocking is that the fee continues there. You can reach Banteay Sri and it’s enough or climb the mountain by food not to use his road.

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