In anticipation of Earth Day on Wednesday, now is a good time to focus on some of our planet’s unique — and endangered — travel destinations. Holly Hughes, author of the new Frommer’s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear, shares some with Tim Smight for USA TODAY.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The capital of the Khmer kingdom from 802 to 1295, Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s chief tourist attraction — temples and shrines that cover 38 square miles. “More than 1 million tourists visit this ancient city every year, putting tremendous stress on the sandstone temples, stairs and walkways,” Hughes says. “It’s one of the world’s most endangered classical sites, and the Cambodian government may have to impose stricter quotas or even close certain buildings in the very near future.”
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