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Why we love Cambodia

I first came through as a young backpacker in 2003 and the turbulent history captured my attention. The people were the most memorable part of that first trip, their smiles infectious. Angkor is special and spectacular and continues to reward no matter how many times you visit.

Adventures

Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness providing a home to elusive wildlife and a gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The northeast is a world unto itself, its mountainous and wild landscapes a home for Cambodia's ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions.

The Cambodian Spirit

Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia's real treasure is its people. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact.

An Empire of Temples

Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The remains of this empire can be seen at the fabled temples of Angkor, monuments unrivalled in scale and grandeur in Southeast Asia. The traveller's first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and is matched by only a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.

The Urban Scene

Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples, and its urban areas can surprise with their sophistication. Second city Siem Reap, with cosmopolitan cafes and a diverse nightlife, is as much a destination as the nearby iconic Angkor temples.

Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. The northeast is a world unto itself, its mountainous and wild landscapes a home for Cambodia's ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions.

Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia's real treasure is its people. Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples, and its urban areas can surprise with their sophistication.

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Discover the Kingdom of Wonder where Cambodia’s unique Indian-influenced Khmer culture has remained very much intact. Discover legacy left behind by the once mighty Khmer Empire in the Temples of Angkor.

Explore the streets of Siem Reap Old Market area with a mixture of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and spa's. Visit the Art & Night Markets. 

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