Cambodia is really magical country with a magic that casts a spell on many
who visit this charming yet confounding kingdom. Ascend to the realm of the
gods at the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, a spectacular fusion of
symbolism, symmetry and spirituality. Descend into the hell of Tuol Sleng
and come face to face with the Khmer Rouge and its killing machine. Welcome
to the conundrum that is Cambodia: a country with a history both inspiring
and depressing, an intoxicating place where the future is waiting to be
shaped. Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its
temples. The chaotic yet charismatic capital ofPhnom
Penhis a hub of political
intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate. All too often
overlooked by hit-and-run tourists ticking off Angkor on a regional tour,
the revitalised city ofSiem
Reapis finally earning plaudits in its own right thanks to a gorgeous
riverside location, a cultural renaissance, and a dining and drinking scene
to rival the best in the region. And don’t forget the rest of the country:
relax in the sleepy seaside town of Kampotand
trek the nearbyBokor
National Park; take an elephant ride in the jungles ofMondulkiri
Province; ogle the Mekong dolphins atKratieor
simply choose a beach nearSihanoukville.
The years of fear and loathing
are finally over and Angkor is once more the symbol of the nation, drawing
pilgrims from across the globe. Peace has come to this beautiful yet
blighted land after three decades of war, and the Cambodian people have
opened their arms to the world. Tourism has well and truly taken off, yet a
journey here remains an adventure as much as a holiday.........
covers a land area of 181,040 km2in
the southwestern of the Indochina peninsula. The country’s maximum extent is
about 580km (east – west) and 450 (north- south). It is bounded on the west
by Thailand, on the north by Thailand and Loas,..........
Practically speaking, Cambodia has four seasons,
November-February is cool/dry, March-May is hot/dry, June-August ia hot/wet,
of Cambodians follow Theravada Buddhism, having its origin in India, the
religion teaches that life and death in this world are intertwined through
the concept of reincarnation, every person lives a life as a worldly being
and depending on their behaviour will come back in their next life as a
higher or lower being........
The first known kingdom of
Cambodia is the Funan Kingdom, and it is believed to have started around
the first century BC. The kingdom was strongly influenced by Indian culture
by shaping the culture, art and political system.
An alphabetical system,
religions and architectural styles were also Indian contributions to the
Funan Kingdom. There is archeological evidence of a commercial society in
the Mekong Delta that prospered from the 1st to 6th centuries.............