Three French tourists have been deported from Cambodia after taking naked pictures of each other at an Angkorian temple on Thursday.
Cambodia Daily reports that the tourists - Rodolphe Fourgeot, 19, Alexandre Vix, 19, and Vincent Bocquet, 20 - were convicted of producing pornography and for "exposure of sexual organs" by the Siem Reap Provincial Court on Saturday, according to deputy prosecutor Sok Keo Bandith.
They were fined and given a six-month suspended sentence, as well as being immediately deported.
The trio have been banned from returning to Cambodia for the next four years.
Mr Bandith said: "We used the procedure of deportation in order to warn other foreigners."
The group were arrested while taking nude pictures at the Banteay Kdei temple within the Angkor complex, one of the largest religious sites in the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The pictures were uploaded onto the Cambodia Expats Online website.
According to news.com.au, prosecutor Koeut Sovannareth told AFP that the men "confessed to making a mistake and asked for the Cambodian people to forgive them for their actions".
She added: "They said their goal was to take nude photos to keep as souvenirs, but we believe that their intention was to use the photos in publications such as a calendar."
The Angkor Archaeological Park contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th Century, and is Cambodia's most popular tourist destination.
According to the Daily Mail, it is best known for its Angkor Wat temple, and attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year.
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Tourists deported from Cambodia after posing naked at Angkor temple
Set in 30 acres in Arizona, Mira Vista (miravistaresort.com) is a beautiful clothing-optional destination with breathtaking views and plenty of historical charm. A guest ranch for over 100 years, it boasts original, luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus space for caravans. Amenities include two pools, two spas, a full-service restaurant and bar, tennis courts, fitness centre, games room and on-site massage. The resort is private and secluded but just three miles from the main interstate highway. Children welcome.
Laguna del Sol (lagunadelsol.com) boasts a 25-acre lake as well as four large pools and three spas. There's cottages and rooms for rent, lots of maintained lawns for camping, and a separate restaurant and clubhouse offering at least two nights of music and dancing each week. What's more, two children's playgrounds and planned kids' activities on summer holiday weekends keep little ones entertained. The resort is open all year.
Terra Cotta Inn is a nude sunbathing resort in sunny Palm Springs, California. A popular mainstream nude sunbathing spot, it's ideal for those trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. It's also considered one of the best value nudist vacation resorts in the world.
The river cruise specialists eWaterways (ewaterways.co.uk) recently announced the launch of four naturist cruises taking place in Croatia in 2012 on a small fleet of motor sailing ships. Island hopping cruises along the stunning Adriatic coastline remain the most popular way to experience Croatia's diverse landscape. Choose from two different itineraries, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for guests to be 'as nature intended' while on board, with clothes required only when in port and during meal times.
The cruises last 8 days and prices start at £389 per person on a half-board basis.
Home to what is commonly held to be Europe's longest naturist beach, the Riva Bella holiday park in Corsica stretches over 70 hectares and offers a range of accommodation to naturist holidaymakers on this part of the island, including secluded bungalows and camping facilities very near the beach. A vitality and well-being spa package is available from €339 including one night in a luxury villa as well as a breakfast and two lunches or two dinners. The offer is valid until 1 November. See visit-corsica.com for more information.
A new naturist resort is opening in the spectacular Cape Winelands in December 2011. Following the success of their Vassaliki Naturist Resort in Kefalonia, British couple owners, Mark and Samantha, are looking forward to their second venture - the Vasnat Spa Resort, with eight suites, four self-catering cottages and one penthouse with pool, spa, bar and dining facilities on site.
Prices from £1,170 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.
Cll Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (pengtravel.co.uk) for more information.
Sunbathe on talcum powder sands, snorkel in crystal clear waters and go on a nude cruise to the pristine island of Tintamarre. Stay in an ocean-front chalet at Saint Martin's family-friendly premier naturist resort, Club Orient (cluborient.com) located on a bay protected by the only barrier reef in the eastern Carribean, and enjoy fine dining and extensive duty-free shopping.
Costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation (self-catering).
Haulover Beach in Miami is a 1.4 mile-long beachfront park with a 0.4 mile designated clothing-optional area that was established by South Florida Free Beaches in 1991. Check out their Nude Year Party planned for New Year's Eve - a three-day two-night beach festival - billed as the most extreme thing to do for New Year's Eve in the world!
The UK's first public naturist beach opened in 1980. Within easy walking distance of central Brighton, Brighton Naturist Beach (also known as Cliff Bathing Beach) is approximately 1 mile east of Brighton Pier towards the Marina, at the end of the main beach. Large banks of pebbles provide some seclusion and public notices mark where the beach begins. You can also take the Volks Electric Railway to Blackrock station. From there the beach is a short walk.
This privately-owned commercial naturist park (www.naturist.co.nz) is in Wairau Valley, Marlborough; a region of spectacular scenic beauty, blessed with high sunshine hours, crystal clear waterways, native bush tracks and majestic mountains - all within easy reach of world-renowned wineries and gourmet delights. There's a fitness centre and heated swimming pool and spa pool on site, as well as a cabin with en-suite bathroom, on-site caravans for hire and five acres of park-like gardens within which guests may camp.
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