Cambodia is a small country in Southeast Asia. Covering 181,035 sq km (69,898 sq mi), Cambodia is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, and Thailand to the west. The country has a population of 14.8 million (2011 estimate). The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh.
Cambodia is seven hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+7). Traffic is driven on the right here, just as in the United States. The phone IDD code is +855. The official currency is called the Riel. The official language is called Khmer, written using the Khmer script.
Today Cambodia is very much a country in a hurry. The civil war that happened in 1975-1978 not only brought untold suffering and death, it also interrupted the country's progress. While much of Southeast Asia was marching headlong towards industrialization, the war brought Indo-China to a standstill.
Now that peace has prevailed, Cambodia is in a hurry to catch up with its neighbors. In terms of economy, it still has a long way to equal its richer neighbours. In 2010, it had an estimated nominal GDP of $11.629 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $1,024. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity was $2,470. In the aspect of tourism however, Cambodia has not only caught up, but surpassed some. Whether you arrive in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, you get the distinct feeling that the whole country is very busy. The town of Siem Reap was just a truck stop a couple of decades ago. Now it is one of the busiest construction sites in Cambodia, sprouting accommodation catering to every budget. Once upon a time, visiting the ruins of Angkor was not only uncomfortable, it was downright dangerous.
Not anymore. The land all around the Angkor Archaeological Park, where all the famous ruins are located, has been thoroughly scanned and cleared of mines. Now tourists can explore the ancient Khmer monuments comfortably (relatively comfortably) and with little risk of losing limb or life. As for accommodation, one is practically spoilt for choice. Everything from the most budget hostel to the ultra-pampering pleasure palaces have descended on little Siem Reap in the space of just a few short years. Whether you intend to explore Angkor by bicycle, tuk tuk or helicopter, it's all at your disposal.
I can remember how excited I was the first time I visited Cambodia, many years ago. I was only beginning to travel, and being a novice, did all my homework, but stay in a study, then I'm traveling in my graduate me help writing service. Since then, I have returned to Cambodia a number of times. While it is still an exotic destination, I have become much more familiar with it today. I hope therefore, that this travel guide to Cambodia which I've put together will be helpful to you, especially if you are in the planning process of a trip there.
The mighty Mekong River flows through Cambodia, entering the country at Stoeng Treng at the Laos border, and leaving it to form the Mekong delta in southern Vietnam. The Bassac River, a tributary of the Mekong, joins the Tonlé Sap River at Phnom Penh. The Tonlé Sap River flows out from the great Tonlé Sap Lake, where the Angkor civilisation flourished in the 9th to the 13th centuries. The majority of visitors to Cambodia visit either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Those visiting both places may opt for a boat trip from Phnom Penh up the Tonlé Sap river, to Siem Reap and back. A smaller number of visitors also go to Kompong Som (Sihanoukville) and Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia.
Cambodia Travel Information:
Time Zone: 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Currency: riel (CR) Language: Khmer, working English generally understood by tuk tuk drivers in Siem Reap. International Dialing Code: 855 Population: 11 million Religion: Theravada Buddhism (90%), Islam Electricity: 220V 50Hz Electrical Outlet: Mostly two-prong round sockets. Driving: On the right side of the road.