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OPINION
Between the intricate shrines of Angkor Wat, the diverse landscapes of the countryside and the kindness of its people – and despite the horrors of its recent history – Cambodia knocks a lot of people off their feet. It certainly had that effect on me when I first visited a few years ago and then again when I returned this winter. Yet it was impossible not to notice the school-age children begging barefoot at the major tourist sites, underage local women escorting Western men on sex tours, and the proliferation of seemingly unsustainable large-scale resorts being built on the pristine southern coast.

It’s a classic traveller’s question, one that is especially pronounced in developing or poor countries: is your visit to a destination ultimately helping or hurting the place and its people? Is it possible to travel ethically in such places?

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