Melborne: Australia has announced 1 million dollars funding towards a project to protect Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temples.

The new Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced this during his first trip to South Asian region, media reports said.

He said the funding would help preserve the 700-year-old monuments.

"We are going to take the experience Australians gain managing Uluru and other world heritage sites, and see that in this great site," Carr said.

"[It's] important to the whole world that there is a proper management of the tourist pressures, that the area is not going to be trampled to death, and that there is going to be protection from the damage that could be done by floods."

Carr said the scheme would also ensure that the money from Angkor tourism reaches the hands of poor locals.

He also visited the Fred Hollows Foundation facility in Cambodia, which gets six million dollars from AusAID to train local doctors and nurses to remove cataracts.

He would also visit Vietnam and Singapore during his trip.