CambodiaAuthorities angered by ‘Asia’s biggest pool crawl’

Backpackers’ wild Cambodia party ends in arrests

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Officials angered by pool party near Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap.
Officials angered by pool party near Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. Photo Credit: GettyImages

The 10 young people charged include five from the United Kingdom, two from Canada and one each from Norway, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Ten foreigners charged with producing saucy photos during a party near Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex have denied any wrongdoing, according to Cambodian media.

The 10 young people charged include five from the United Kingdom, two from Canada and one each from Norway, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Police said they raided a rented villa in Siem Reap, where the foreigners were taking part in what organisers called a pub crawl and found people “dancing pornographically”.

The Khmer Times, an English-language newspaper, said some of the events were known as “Let’s Get Wet”.

The organisers required customers to pay from $10 to $15 each, the report said, adding that among the 87 foreigners, 77 were tourists who were “educated and let go” while another 10 foreigners were detained and charged.

A Facebook page for Let’s Get Wet parties in Siem Reap advertised what it billed as “Asia’s biggest pool crawl”.

It also said every Thursday it offered “a whole day of partying in a villa mansion just out of town with hundreds of other backpackers,” and featuring a DJ, barbecue and pool.


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