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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (Nov 29) – Tourists exploring Cambodia’s sprawling Angkor temple complex can now do so on battery-powered bicycles that have been introduced in a bid to cut down on pollution. About 300 of the Chinese-made bikes have been put to use since early November, said Soeung Kong, deputy director general of the Apsara […]

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (Nov 29) – Tourists exploring Cambodia’s sprawling Angkor temple complex can now do so on battery-powered bicycles that have been introduced in a bid to cut down on pollution.

About 300 of the Chinese-made bikes have been put to use since early November, said Soeung Kong, deputy director general of the Apsara Authority, which manages Angkor, Cambodia’s top tourism drawcard.

The plan is “part of the government’s efforts to make the compound quiet and reduce pollution in and around city”, he told AFP.

The bikes are available for four US dollars a day, Soeung Kong said.

Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s most treasured landmark. Construction of the complex of some 100 stone monuments began in the ninth century and lasted some 500 years.

Tourism is one of the only sources of foreign exchange for Cambodia, which is one of the world’s poorest countries and is still clawing its way back to normality after nearly three decades of conflict that ended in 1998.

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