General Information on Cambodia
The Kingdom Cambodia looks back on an eventful history. Once known as the Khmer Empire, it was long under French colonial rule. After declaring independence, Cambodia has been characterized by civil wars, the Vietnam War as well as the reign of Khmer Rouge. Despite the bloody history, the Khmers prove unbreakable optimism, satisfaction and always wear a smile. The mentality and spirit of the Cambodian culture will enchant you!
Today, Cambodia is a popular travel destination full of contrasts. Thanks to its diverse landscape, pulsating cities and historic ruins, the country is appealing to culture and nature lovers equally. With 443 kilometers coast length at the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia offers great beaches and fantastic views on the sea. All together 64 islands belong to the Kingdom. Also the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains with its highest peak Phnom Popok (1079m) invite you to go on an adventure through tropical wilderness to discover the great biodiversity of rare species.
What to experience in Cambodia
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are the most important cities that delight their visitors with french architecture. In contrast to the pulsating life is the life of the rural regions, in which you can observe the authentic local life and work on the rice fields. Through the landscape winds the Mekong. As biggest river of Southeast Asia and one of the 10 longest rivers in the world, it is home to the last fresh water dolphins of the region.
Next to marvelous nature, Cambodia has one specific highlight to offer: spectacular temple ruins, which rightly deserved the title as UNESCO World Heritage. Parts of the previous Empire are still preserved and have become symbol of the destination. The most well-known is probably the Angkor Wat temple. The region around the temple complex has been declared as nature conservation area in 1925 - a first for a Southeast-Asian country at that time.
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