Cambodia, once one of Asia’s most troubled countries, is now a resurgent nation. Vibrant, welcoming and distinct, the country offers an often emotional chance to marvel at mankind’s incredible ability to both create and destroy.
The temples of Angkor are one of the true wonders of the world and are alone worth a trip to see. Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, they represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis.
Beyond Angkor lie many more treasures. The heart of Cambodia is the Tonle Sap, a vast lake which links Siem Ream and Phnom Penh. It is the largest lake in Asia. Don't overlook the south coast of Cambodia either. It has some pretty beaches and gorgeous islands. The mountains, rivers and rural towns of Cambodia offer so much to the explorer. There is also a rich colonial history which has left some noteworthy architecture and hybrid cuisine.
Tourism in Cambodia is relatively new, and only specialist operators can take you beyond the temples of Angkor to the many other fascinating facets of the country. Cambodia is a fascinating land to visit and is great when combined (by air, land or sea) with neighbouring Thailand or Vietnam.
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