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Cambodia

  • Buddhist monks in front of the reflection pool at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Buddhist monks in front of the reflection pool at
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also known as:
Kingdom of Cambodia
Priority: High
Location Type: Country
Beautiful Buddhist country of contrasts bordering Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Relive the dark past of The Killing Fields and spend endless days exploring the amazing ruins of Angkor Wat.
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Wikipedia - Cambodia

Dangrek Mountains in Northern Cambodia
Dângrêk Mountains in Northern Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia, formerly known as Kampuchea, Khmer: Preăh Réachéa Nachâk Kâmpŭchéa, derived from Sanskrit Kambujadesa, is a country in Southeast Asia that borders Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the south. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River (Khmer: Tonle Thom ("the great river") and the Tonlé Sap ( "the fresh water lake").
The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni as king who has reign since 2004. Phnom Penh is the kingdom's capital and largest city, and is the center of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. Siem Reap, a city located near the famous ruins of Angkor Wat is the gateway to the Angkor region, and is Cambodia's main destination for tourism. Battambang, the largest city in western Cambodia, is known for its rice production, and Sihanoukville, a coastal city, is the primary sea port and beach resort.
Cambodia has an area of 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi) and a population of over 14 million ethnic Khmer. A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as "Cambodian" or "Khmer", though they strictly refer to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists, but the country also have a minority number of Muslim Cham, as well as ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and small animist hill tribes. ... read more

Wikitravel - Cambodia

traffic sign in Khmer
"Slow down" traffic sign in Khmer

Cambodia has had a pretty bad run of luck for the last half-millennium or so. Ever since the fall of Angkor in 1431, the once mighty Khmer Empire has been plundered by all its neighbours. It was colonialized by the French, and during the 1970s suffered heavy carpet bombing by the USA. After a false dawn of independence in 1953, Cambodia promptly plunged back into the horrors of civil war in 1970 to suffer the Khmer Rouge's incredibly brutal reign of terror, and only after UN-sponsored elections in 1993 did the country begin to totter back onto its feet.
Much of the population still subsists on less than the equivalent of US$1 a day, the provision of even basic services remains spotty, and political intrigue remains as complex and opaque as ever; but the security situation has improved immeasurably, and increasing numbers of visitors are rediscovering Cambodia's temples and beaches. Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, now sports luxury hotels, chic nightspots, ATMs, and an airport fielding flights from all over the region, while Sihanoukville is getting good press as an up-and-coming beach destination. However travel beyond the most popular tourist destinations is still an adventure. ... read more

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