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Cambodia Locator Map

Cambodia promises a roller-coaster of emotions and experiences to the intrepid traveler.  Despite an unforgettable past, Cambodians are renowned for their contagious happiness and indestructible spirit. The two destinations most visited in Cambodia are its capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, which is home to the iconic Angkor Wat temple. The temple is just a small part of the 400 km sq archaeological site of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 that contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Only in the past  two decades has Cambodia truly starting to recover from the Khmer Rouge's genocidal 1975-79 rule and the civil war that ensued. With over 5 million traveling to the Cambodia in 2016, the country has fast become one of the top draws in SE Asia.

Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos

Border countries (3): North (Laos), West (Thailand) and East (Vietnam)

Area: 181,035 sq km (69,898 sq miles)

Comparative: Slightly smaller than Oklahoma

Population: 15,957,223 Million (ranked 69th in the world)

Religions: Buddhist (official) 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8%

Languages: Khmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7%

Unesco World Heritage Sites (2): Angkor (1992) and Temple of Preah Vihear (2008)

Travel options: Tours (Women Only, Couple and Family), Custom Travel, Mekong Cruising

Sources: CIA 2017, UNESCO 2017

Popular Destinations in Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Cambodia's capital retains an undeniable charm, despite its tumultuous, often violent past. The yellow-ocher old French buildings, squares, and shady boulevards give the city the atmosphere of a French provincial town. The colonial architecture makes an attractive backdrop to bustling street-side cafes and the beautiful riverfront overlooking the intersection of the Mekong, Tonlé Sap, and Bassac rivers. City highlights include three of Phnom Penh's most prized sites—the Royal Palace (home to His and Her Majesty and built on the site of the old town in 1866), the Silver Pagoda (based on Cambodian architectural style and has 5,329 genuine silver tiles on the floor and columns covered with glass stone imported from Italy) and the 1937 "Art Deco" Psar Thmei or "New Market" building, often referred to as the Central Market because of its location and size in the capital.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is Cambodia's spiritual & cultural heartbeat and the gateway to the iconic Angkor Wat temple, which is the single largest religious monument in the world. The temple is part of "Angkor" a 400 km sq archaeological site that contains the magnificent remains of the former capitals of the Khmer Empire.  A sleepy backwater until a few years ago, Siem Reap has fast become a sophisticated tourist center and the top destination in the country. A popular site for visitors is Ta Phrom, a temple-monastery chosen to be left in its overgrown 'natural state', as an example of how most of Angkor looked on its discovery in the 19th Century.  The temples of Angkor, were built from 802 - 1220AD, when the Khmer civilization was at its height, and represents one of the most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements in the world. The structures one sees at Angkor today - more than 100 temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were all built of wood and are long since decayed and gone.  Angkor received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994.