Need a audio guide when visiting Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park? The Australian National University (ANU) has recently released a new mobile application – Angkor Audio Tour — a virtual audio tour guide that offers users a fun and informative perspective as listeners explore the site.
Created by Dr. Dougald O’Reilly, a senior lecturer in Archeology at Australia National University, the Angkor Audio Tour features a map that keeps visitors on track while listening to a narration by Southeast Asia expert, Professor Charles Highman. The audio tour contains unique insights of the numerous temples, aided by the seven year Dr. O’Reilly spent as an archaeologist working in the park.
Dr. O’Reilly looked to showcase the awe-inspiring structures that receive at least two million visitors yearly, and the app seemed a great way to do so, he told Geeks in Cambodia.
“We did a great deal of research to put this project together so that the app can give users a deeper understanding than you would get if you were flipping through a guidebook. It gives you a more personal experience, allowing visitors to block out the crowds and listen to what is before you.”
He believes that the new app will have a beneficial impact on the tourism industry and give visitors a reliable and innovative way to visit the major attractions without abolishing traditional methods such as tour guide services.
“In the past, people used books to self-guide themselves and people who are so inclined can still employ a guide – they may have further questions and be inspired to learn more and seek to hire a guide and certainly will continue to use drivers etc.”
The app is a predecessor of An Interactive Guide to Angkor, an iBook that was awarded the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for Best Travel Guide of 2018. The iBook features an audio tour accompanied by detailed text and graphics. The Angkor Audio Tour, on the other hand, focuses solely on the virtual audio tour.
The Angkor Audio Tour is available for download on both Android and IOS, be sure to get yours now!