Cultural Cambodia

Slotted between the enchanting trio of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and looking out onto the turquoise shores of the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is fast emerging as one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia.

Once considered a troubled region but now fully accessible to tourists, Cambodia is the undiscovered jewel in the Southeast Asian crown with some of the most beautiful and well preserved cultural landmarks in the world.

As a visitor to Cambodia you can experience a trip of genuine exploration and relaxation which is often impossible in the more densely developed tourist destinations nearby.


Away from the crowds
Despite being on many visitors’ must-see lists, a walk around Angkor Wat (or the Capital Temple) still feels like treading a path less discovered. Featured on the country’s national flag, the temple remains the largest religious monument in the world and stands as an enduring testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of Cambodians to their religion.

Translating to ‘the mother of water’, the Mekong stretches over 4000km and its rich biodiversity provides income for many rural Cambodians.

No trip to Cambodia is complete without watching its people live, work and play out their lives on the backdrop of the Mekong River. Translating to ‘the mother of water’, the Mekong stretches over 4000km and its rich biodiversity provides income for many rural Cambodians.

You can really feel the country flex to its growing popularity in the thriving, modern capital of Phnom Penh. It’s a fast-developing vibrant hub with luxurious hotels and a vast choice of restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, the city is renowned for its beautiful and unique architecture, including the striking life-sized golden Maitreya Buddha which is housed in the Silver Pagoda and decorated with over 9,000 diamonds.

Rich history
Cambodia is a destination guaranteed to give even the hardiest of globetrotters a cultural high, with its citizens keen to share its rich history and culture with the world. It’s easy to see why the country is appearing on an increasing number of people’s ‘to do’ lists.

Cambodia quick facts

Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 15 million
Language: Khmer
Time zone: GMT +6.00
Average temperature: 28°C / 82.4°F
Currency: Cambodian riel, £1 = 5,412 riel (September 2015)
Main religion: Theravada Buddhism

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