just an update from Mekong Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, lots of flooding in most of the city area, above the knee water in the streets, tuk tuk's are having a hard time getting places, it is difficult to get anywhere by foot as well, as it is a very strong current. We just arrived yesterday when the flooding got really bad, so we haven't made it to the temples yet, but people are telling us there is no flooding in that area. Will update on this after we visit there. Check out this youtube video, or my blog with some pictures and such of the floods. Happy travels!
According to local news in Australia, people were airlifted from the Angkor area yesterday. This is from The Age newspaper:
Nearly 200 tourists including foreigners were airlifted from Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex yesterday after a road to one of the ruins was cut off by flash floods, officials said.
Three helicopters rescued visitors stranded at Banteay Srei, one of hundreds of ancient temples at the World Heritage site, after 16 hours of heavy rain inundated the access road, governor of Siem Reap northwestern province said.
"They were all evacuated to a safe place," Sou Phirin said.
Local district governor Moeung Vuthy said 183 tourists were affected, including nationals from the US, Britain, Germany, China and South Korea.
Large areas of the country have been waterlogged in recent days, with rivers bursting their banks and flooding across towns and thousands of hectares of rice paddies.
Cambodia's ministry of water resources and meteorology warned on Thursday that a low-pressure system developing over northern Cambodia would bring more heavy floods in coming days.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/tourists-airlifted-from-famed-angkor-temple-after-floods-20110923-1ko7d.html#ixzz1YmDg7uwS
#2 honeymooner33 has been a member since 24/8/2011. Posts: 4
wow, thanks for the article! had no idea about the flooding in the temple areas. We ended up heading to Bangkok early, since we are living here, we will have the opportunity to go back and do the temples right. Thanks for the reply honeymooner!