Cambodia is extreme, vibrant, fascinating and incredibly spiritual, the place where the khmera culture revives, the timeless space where you have the revelation of the rise and fall of the dynasties…
Cambodia has a fabulous heritage, is a wild and unexplored land with people who, though poor, have not forgotten to smile.
Here is the Angkor Temple Complex, the largest religious building on the Planet and perhaps the most mysterious. It is a world of absolute refinement, pure art, a space in which you have to be initiated.
Name: Cambodia (Kingdom of Cambodia)
Capital: Phnom Penh
Location: State in Southeast Asia, at the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
Main towns: Ta Khmau, Battambang, Serei Saophoan, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Poipet, Preah Sihanouk, Chbar Mon, Kampot
Currency: Riel – KHR
Timezone: UTC +7
Tipping: Cambodia isn’t a tipping country, but due to the low wages of the workers, gratuities go a long way.
At hotel, generally, give the porter around $1 per bag that he carries to your room. Give the maid around $1 a day. A one US dollar tip may not seem like much to you but it be more than half of a typical worker’s daily income. There is no standard amount of gratuity to leave at a Cambodian restaurant, but waiters and waitresses will always appreciate a tip. 10% of the total bill is probably around average but feel free to leave. In a tour in Cambodia, it’s good tipping to leave around 10% for your tour guide. Also, leave a gratuity for the driver (if this person is separate from the tour guide) of around $1-2 per day.
Voltage: Network parameters: 230 V / 50 Hz; A, C, G socket is used, you need adapters.
Adventure seekers will be delighted by Cambodia’s wild land, amazing natural scenery, tribe and culture of this people. Here you can go trekking, mountain biking, beach and water sports, or just explore. Cambodia remains an exotic country with temples and the jungle, with rivers flowing in reverse, with architectural wonders that definitely deserve to be known. You should visit this country for the following reasons (if you aren’t yet convinced):
The wheather is tropical, influenced by monsoon, with two distinct seasons: rainy season with high temperatures and high level of humidity, from May till October and a dry season from November till April.
Considered the most important representative of Khmer architecture, this vishnu temple is actually the king’s funeral monument, which explains the west exposure of the temple. The interior walls are covered with bas-reliefs and sculptures depicting scenes from the Hindu mythology or scenes from the wars that Suryavarman II wore during his reign. Angkor Wat is also known for the 2000 apsara dancers (nymphs) that decorate the temple.
The main attractions of the city are Wat Phnom, which offers a magnificent panorama of the city and the Silver Pagoda of the Royal Palace complex. Here, two Buddha statues, one emerald and one golden, can be admired. The National Museum can also be included in the list of important attractions alongside the Orchid Garden, the Central Market or the nearby settlements, where you can visit crocodile farms on a Mekong cruise.
It is a colonial town with Chinese-style architecture in its main neighborhoods, the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. The main attractions here are Apsara dances, traditional workshops, silkworm farms, rice fields, fishing villages and a natural bird reservation near Tonle Sap Lake. Siem Reap is the gateway to the UNESCO monuments Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom nearby.
During the dry season the lake water flows to the Mekong River, and in the rainy season the surplus of river water flows into the lake, the lake level fluctuating. In the lake’s waterside area there are ethnic communities mainly the Cham population living in floating settlements. Due to its uniqueness and biodiversity in 1997, the lake was designated as a biosphere reservation.
The Rolous Archaeological Site near Siem Reap is a settlement of the ancient Khmer civilization known as Hariharalaya. It was the first town built by Angkor Kings between the 8th and 9th centuries and consists of three temples: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei.