While pastoral and laid-back, the Mekong plains have also seen the most vibrant chapters of history, the most impressive of all being the Khmer empire and its capital of Angkor. Enduring for many generations, the Khmer empire flourished from the 9th to 15th century. At its peak from 1010 to 1220, Angkor became a megacity that housed 0.1% of a 300 million global population at the time. Today, this ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Angkor Wat, the largest and best preserved of the Angkor temples.

The rest of Cambodia also shines. The urban centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap each has its own distinctive flavour, where old traditions exist alongside new and equally impressive modern influences, including fine dining that showcases the best of traditional Khmer cuisine. A cultural renaissance is currently in full swing as the country celebrates its rich Khmer heritage and embraces its colonial past as a 18-19th century French protectorate.

Their easy-going and welcoming nature aside, the Cambodia people displays resolute strength and character that has helped them rise from the strife-torn Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s. Thankfully, the best days of Cambodia are here and now.

Angkor Wat

 
Regarded as the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat (translating to “City of Temples” in English) is the most significant relic from the ancient Khmer empire.

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Siem Reap

 
Besides being known as the home of the Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is an alluring city with Old World flavour and small-town charm.

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Phnom Penh

 
“A city of white buildings, where spires of gold and stupas of stone rocket out of the greenery into the vivid blue sky.” The words of American visitor Robert Casey in 1929 still hold true today as Phnom Penh steps into modernity.

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Sihanoukville

 
With its long sandy beaches and palm trees, Cambodia’s resort destination shows off a different side of the country to visitors.

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General Information

Capital:
Phnom Penh

Largest City:
Phnom Penh

Official Language:
Khmer

Currency:
(Cambodian riel) ៛

Calling code:
+855

Drives on the:
Right

Time difference:
Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of GMT.

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