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Cambodia Travel Guide Contents
At a glance
Rice fields, pepper plantations, astonishing stone temples … Cambodia is undoubtedly one of the most interesting Indochinese countries, which surprises every step. It is worth to go here for a holiday full of experiences! The country is ideal for orient and culture lovers. Do not miss visiting the capital city of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the Angkor Temples, constantly admiring the beauty of unspoiled nature.
- Capital: Phnom Penh
- Language: Khmer
- Currency: Cambodian Riel
- Population: 15 626 444
- Area: 181 035 km2
What you did not know about Cambodia?
- It is believed that the Angkor complex was the largest city in the world during its reign (17th-18th centuries) and probably occupied by over one million people.
- In Cambodia is not allowed to touch anyone’s head – it also affects the heads of children and the elderly. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body.
- In Cambodia, more than 700 different species of rice are cultivated. Rice is one of the basic ingredients of Khmer diet.
- American actress Angelina Jolie has a son Maddox, whom she adopted from an orphanage in Phnom Penh.
- Remains after the war in Cambodia are landmines. It is estimated that every month, 300-700 amputations are performed here, due to landmines.
Best things to do in Cambodia
Angkor Wat at sunrise
During a holiday in Cambodia, you must go to the ancient capital of the Khmer Kingdom, which until the second half of the nineteenth century was completely overgrown with jungle. You will see the Angkor Wat temple, a real treat for history buffs. You can feel the power of the ancient Khmer Empire surrounded by lush tropical nature. The five-towered building reminiscent of the stone lotus buds was built in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu. Angkor Wat is especially magical in the sunrise.
A trip to Cambodia is not just about admiring the Angkor temple. The city of Phnom Penh and its surroundings are also a must. Worth seeing the impressive Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the golden statue of King Norodom or the various temples or their remains. These are silent witnesses of the brutal crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime – there is also the National Museum, the Museum of Genocide, prison 2-21 and the death fields.
Today, Phnom Penh is bustling city during both day and night. There are numerous climatic streets and stalls with local products, where you can go shopping. Noteworthy is the Russian Market, the Old Market and the Central Market where we buy colorful Khmer shawls or raw silk.
Lemongrass and crickets
Try extraordinary snacks sold on lively streets – baked beetles, baked cobras, fried crickets, grilled spiders or mills. The brave can try these original Khmer delicacies, and the less brave will satisfy the culinary senses with delicious rice pancakes with a variety of stuffing, bamboo broth or banana soup. Local cuisine is famous for its aromatic spices. Among them, lemongrass, very beneficial for digestion, and also the root of galangal, which tastes like ginger and is successfully used as a supplement to soup, curry or various pastes.
Pond with lotus flowers
Traveling to Cambodia, you must visit the provincial towns captivating with authenticity. You can admire Kampot with a pond full of lotus flowers, Battambang with temples and statues adorning the city or Kompong Cham with the bamboo bridge. In Ratanakiri, there is Yeak Laom Lake – an unusual lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. It’s a real paradise for swimmers! In addition, there are four phenomenal waterfalls nearby – two encourage bathing from May until November.
Boat trip to the islands of Cambodia
Traveling to Cambodia, you must visit the provincial towns captivating with authenticity. Towns offer many opportunities for exploring colonial architecture, temples, and impressive statues. But Cambodia also offers something for beach lovers. You can take a boat ride to the small tropical islands and meet the river dolphins. The Khmer fauna is typical of Indochina, which means that there are Indian elephants, tigers and leopards, rhinoceroses, buffalo and garna antelope. In tropical forests, we can meet a flying lemur, which glides as it leaps among trees.