Cambodian Boy

This shy young boy was playing at the stairs to the Royal Bathing Lake. When the Angkor complex was at its height, this lake was next to one of the two huge artificial lakes that supplied water to farmers in the dry season. With an irrigation system, the people were able to grow two crops of rice a year, and to prosper. The irrigation system has never been restored and now only one crop can be raised each year. Tourism at Angkor brings in over US$40 million each year, but only $1M goes to the government from the company that runs park operations.