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Cambodia

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Cambodia, or the Kingdom of Cambodia, and formerly also Kampuchea, borders Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to the west, northwest and east, respectively, with the Gulf of Thailand to the south of it. It is a nation of approximately 15 million, with a checkered past. While a kingdom historically and a constitutional monarchy presently, there are still lingering effects of the Pol Pot regime of the mid 1970s. But things are changing.

Cambodia is a deeply historic country, with several prehistoric relics and ancient temples such as Angkor Wat, which survived the Khmer Rouge era of the Pol Pot, still there. And while Phnom Penh may not be the most exciting capital, it does exude a level of energy and has adequate visitor facilities, together with some cultural offerings. Still, in all fairness, it's the smaller towns in Cambodia that are more welcoming and less restrictive.

Geographically, the Cambodian landscape is dominated by the Mekong River and the country's all-important, fresh-water lake, Tonlé Sap. The more traveled parts of Cambodia are relatively flat and almost water-logged. The short stretch of coast is quite beautiful and rarely visited.

The chief areas of interest in Cambodia are the Angkor region which is cetered around Angkor Wat; Battambang, the largest city in western Cambodia, with its surrounding rice fields and local color; and Sihanoukville, a port city with a beach resort.

Cambodia's dominant religion is Buddhism and its primary language is Khmer.

 

Destinations in Cambodia (1)

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Phnom Penh is at the junction of three rivers—the Sap, Mekong, and Bassac. This strategic location has always ensured the city a place, both good and bad, in history. Cambodia has been at war, or the victim of others’ wars, for...

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