Yes I was earning more per day in 92 than most of the locals would have earned in a year. But I found the locals really friendly. They wanted me to read the once a week Englinsh paper to them so they could learn the language.elysium_au wrote:If you havent been there since 1992 Im sure you would be shocked to see the development in Siem Reap...its full of huge tourist hotels, bars, eaterys and bright lights.
...but when you get out of town out near the temples the poverty of the country people is a real eye opener.
The factions were still shooting each other at the time but I never felt in any danger, though some funny stories from that time.
As for the poverty, I guess it's the way it goes. Tourist attractions like Angkor Wat will bring development and money while the rest of the country relies on subsintence farming.