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Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia and covers an area of almost 200,000 square kilometers. With a population of more than 13 million the country's shape is an almost-square polygon making it easy for tourists to navigate, posing no difficulties for the development of tourism.

The coastline of Cambodia stretches over 400 kilometers with medium depth tropical sea, rich in aquatic creatures that are good for aquatic business. There are also beautiful, uninhabited islands, virgin beaches, white sand and fresh air all helping the growing development of Cambodian Tourism.

Activities

The rich diversity of Cambodia's attractions are World famous, but the continuing development of the Kingdom’s tourism ensures that there are still many more awaiting discovery. A land of golden temples, tropical beaches and forested hills, Cambodia has it all.

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and has a wide variety of fun activities for the traveler. There is a fun-packed Amusement Park towards the south of the city, serving as a reminder to outsiders that there is now much more to Cambodia than the grim history of the Killing Fields. Horseback Riding, Golfing and Go Karts are all available to amuse and excite the visitors to this enchanting City.

Attracting half of the visitors to Cambodia, Siem Reap is very close to the ancient city of Angkor and is well supplied with good restaurants and accommodation. The World Heritage Site around Angkor Wat is home to magnificent Khmer temple ruins sprawling over more than 400 square kilometres, and a unique way to see the whole spread of these spectacular ruins is from the air, in a big yellow balloon.

Some consider Southeast Asia’s next top beach resort to be Sihanoukville, which attracts travelers from all over the world, especially those who are looking for a new beach destination with a lovely, unspoiled coastline that has not yet become overdeveloped.

Climate

Cambodia's climate can generally be described as tropical, and being affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an overage temperature around 27c. There are two distinct seasons. The Rainy Season runs from June until October, and the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, being cool from November until February and hot afterwards until the end of May.

Culture

The culture of Cambodia has had a rich and varied history dating back many centuries, and has been heavily influenced by India and China. Throughout Cambodia's long history, a major source of inspiration was from religion. Throughout nearly two millennium, Cambodians developed a unique Khmer belief from the syncreticism of indigenous animistic beliefs and the Indian religions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Indian culture and civilization, including its language and arts reached mainland Southeast Asia around the 1st century A.D. Its is generally believed that seafaring merchants brought Indian customs and culture to ports along the gulf of Thailand and the Pacific while trading with China.

The golden age of Cambodia was between the 9th and 14th century, during the Angkor period, during which it was a powerful and prosperous empire that flourished and dominated almost all of inland south east Asia. However, Angkor would eventually collapse after much in-fighting between royalty and constant warring with its increasingly powerful neighbours. Many temples from this period however, like Bayon and Angkor Wat still remain today, scattered throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam as a reminder of the grandeur of Khmer arts and culture. The affect of Angkorian culture can still be seen today in those countries, as they share many close characteristics with current-day Cambodia.

Festivals

April in Cambodia brings New Year celebrations and is the equivalent of Songkran in Thailand. It follows the end of the harvest season, and generally lasts for three days from 14-16 April. During this time Cambodians douse each other liberally with water, clean and decorate their houses, and make offerings at the local temple.

In October, a religious festival occurs when monks come out of retreat, and people all over the country form reverent slow processions to their local temple. Monks change their old saffron robes for the new ones offered by the devotees, an action that brings spiritual merit to all participants.

October also sees the celebration birthday of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk. It's held over three days from October 30th, and people converge from all corners of Cambodia to enjoy the shows, parades, festivals, and a giant firework display in Phnom Penh.

A national holiday on November 9th celebrates the independence of Cambodia from France in 1953. A gala parade is held in front of the Royal Palace, which includes floats, marching bands and other entertaining festive activities.

In December, an International half marathon is held at the world renowned Angkor Wat. It's an event that attracts competitors from all over the world, with thousands of spectators viewing the wonders of Angkor Wat, a spectacular setting.

Food

Three special places for connoisseurs of Khmer food are Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanouk Ville. Rice, fish, and an array of herbs, sauces and spices, are the Khmer typical cuisine. Street Vendors also offer curries and soup with beef, pork, poultry and seafood.
Cuisine from all over the world is also found in Cambodia with over 100 restaurants such as European, American, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese.

Religion

Religion in Cambodia is predominantly Buddhist with almost all of the population being Theravada Buddhist. Most of the remaining population adheres to Islam, Christianity, Animism and Hinduism.

Travel Tips
Greetings

The traditional greeting in Cambodia is a bow combined with a bringing of the hands together at chest level (similar to bringing hands together for prayer). To show greater respect the bow is lower and the hands brought higher. With foreigners Cambodians have adopted the western practice of shaking hands, although women may still use the traditional Cambodian greeting. The simple rule is to respond with the greeting you are given.
Religion
Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines and they should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.
The Law
Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Cambodia.
Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory.
Drop your garbage into a waste container. In an effort to keep the city clean and healthy, the fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety of your belongings.
The Monarchy
Cambodian's have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.


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