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Explore Cambodia


Why you should visit Cambodia? Because here you would find an intoxicating and adventurous experience, from kingdom of Gods to human tragedy represented in the grandeur of Angkor Wat and the hell of Khmer Rouge.

Cambodia is located in the southern part of Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordered by Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand. After a long dark ages, a series of civil wars, French and Vietnam occupations and subsequent genocide by Khmer Rouge, the security situation in Cambodia has improved considerably and gradually getting worldwide attention.

Angkor Wat

You can see the ruins of the Khmer empire at the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, the most wonderful archaeological treasure in Southeast Asia. Elected as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, the temples are standing above paddy fields and surrounded by the dark forest. If you visit the temples at different times of day you can see the colors of the stone change with the daylight.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor region. The name Siem Reap means ' Siam defeated’ (Thailand). Today, Siem Reap is very popular among international tourist with the luxury hotels, restaurants, highly sophisticated shopping and nightlife options. During the day, the town is peaceful as most tourists are at the temples, but in the evening you can enjoy rambling along the Siem Reap River, and try an exceptional Cambodian food. You can also watch a charming Khmer cultural performance while you dine. Siem Reap has plenty to offer, a boat trip out on the Tonle Sap Lake, where Cambodian people live on the water floating villages, quad biking or horse-riding through the paddy fields. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes.
The Old Market area is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs; many shops offer high-quality Cambodian silk, wood and silver ornaments and accessories, Kampot pepper and other Cambodian spices and herbal soaps.

Sihanoukville

Previously known as Kampong Som, then the town was renamed Sihanoukville in honor of the King. The town lies on a peninsula with its white-sand beaches and shallow waters, an increasingly popular seaside destination. It has several popular beach resorts and presents a peaceful place as Cambodia’s coastal resort area. You can easily access it by motorbike, taxi or rented bicycle.Along the Gulf of Thailand you will find a few of unspoiled beaches and enjoy some delicious seafood.
For those looking to explore a different part of Indochina, Cambodia may offer an incredible experience as more tourists are visiting Cambodia to discover the beauty and serenity of the temples and beaches.


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