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Cambodia is a country with white sand beaches, temples, jungles and colonial towns. Stunning temples have firmly placed this nation on the Southeast Asian tourist trail map. For many, a visit to Cambodia is all about the temples, but those who stay longer than a few days are lucky enough to delve into the very essence of the country – forest-clad hills, offshore relaxed islands, colonial towns and a dynamic, yet modest, capital city.

For a relatively small country in Asian terms, Cambodia has an incredibly diverse range of terrain and scenery. The land is predominantly flat and agricultural in nature, however, there is also a significant stretch of highland along the coastline; from rice fields to mountains - Cambodia has it all.

Suffering at the hands of a tyrant ruler in the 70s and 80s, Cambodia has had a very troubled past. It is, however, a relatively peaceful place to live now, and as a tourist, you are incredibly safe. Its natural beauty and rich heritage now define this nation. Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and dominates the centre of Cambodia; thousands of tourists flock to see its spellbinding beauty year after year. The Mekong River acts as a natural divide in the east of the country, separating the mountain ranges of Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri where the Cambodian jungle is located. The southeast of the country has both dense forest and inundated areas where the two main rivers overflow their banks.

Angkor Wat is an amazing earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu religion and the home of ancient gods. The 'temple that is a city' has been compared to the famous Petra and Macchu Picchu and is a perfect blend of creativity and devotion. The God-kings of ancient Cambodia strove to outdo each other by constructing religious buildings that overtook the competition in both size, style and symmetry; Angkor Wat is the result of this fierce rivalry and stands as the largest temple not only in Asia, but in the entire world.

The Royal Palace of Cambodia bears a striking resemblance to its counterpart in Bangkok: a stunning riverfront structure, the palace has classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding; it dominates the Phnom Penh skyline. Inhabited in part by the king, much of the palace is closed to the public, but the throne hall and a handful of buildings surrounding it are open to view, including the beautiful adjacent Silver Pagoda.

Just north of the Royal Palace is the country's National Museum. The museum is of contemporary terracotta construction with a stunning courtyard that showcases a millennium’s worth of Khmer sculpture and design. The highlights of the museum include an eight-armed Vishnu statue from the sixth century and a head, shoulder and arm sculpture of Vishnu recovered near Angkor Wat in 1936. Any traveller visiting the region should take advantage of the near-on 1000 years worth of Indian and divine Khmer structures on his or her doorstep.

The climate of the country can be described as tropical. Affected by the monsoon, the country is generally hot and humid and has an average temperature of 27 degrees. The two seasons - rainy and dry - are very distinct from each other and, depending on the reason for visiting, can affect a traveller’s itinerary. The culture-vultures can experience Cambodia's authenticity at any time of the year and head to the fascinating temples or wonder at the mountain peaks. The jungle areas are best enjoyed on less humid days, and the sunshine is a perfect excuse for a tranquil visit to one of the beautiful white sand beaches.

Cambodia has a flourishing café culture and internationally acclaimed fusion restaurants, which are well worth checking out when visiting. It is famed for welcoming its visitors, and the smiling locals are always ready to assist with directions or to discuss the country's rich history. The central market takes the tourist on a journey of interesting sights and smells and intoxicates with its energy. The Art Deco buildings highlight the sheen of prosperity from the French Protectorate era and the floating coffee shops showcase both the practical mindedness and free spirited, fun-loving nature of the native people.

This small country with a big soul is a kingdom where family, community and pagoda life reign supreme. Cambodia is well worthy of its 'Asia's gem' accolade and is guaranteed to send the visitor into a whirlwind of an adventure with its heady mix of old and new.


Cities in cambodia 


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