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Surface Area  :  181,035 square kilometers
Population   :  Approximately 14 millions
Climate  :  Tropical Monsoon
Capital    :   Phnom Penh
 
Cambodia is a SAFE and fascinating destination in Asia. The country is blessed by a rich history and
culture heritages, a paradise of historians, archeologists and people wanting to see one of the many
wonders of the ancient world.
 
Neighboring Thailand to the West, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the East and sea to the south. It offers
visitors many unique experiences from the tribes of Ratanakiri to the vast wet land of Tonle Sap lake and
an uncouthness of ancient temples and impressive natural scenery, such as the empty beaches, mighty
rivers and the remote forests.
 
Of course, most people will cite the temple complex at Angkor and more likely Angkor Wat itself as being
the reason they visit Cambodia and indeed some 50% of tourists to the country make a beeline to Siem
Reap, the site of the temples. But Cambodia has so much more to see. Cambodia has many beautiful
natural spots as well as interesting cultural sites and sights, both religious and secular. Like most
Southeast Asian people, the Cambodians are unassuming, modest and extremely welcoming and these
attributes make them good hosts; something that many Westerners greatly appreciate when there is a
language barrier.
 
Sea lovers can head for the empty beaches in Sihanoukville on the South Coast of Cambodia, a great
place to relax and enjoy the sun 

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Sihanouk Ville

posted Nov 17, 2011, 8:48 PM by Dong Travel Ticketing   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 9:33 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

Bokor National Park


Officially known as Preach Monivong National Park, but more commonly referred to as Bokor National

Park, it is one of the country’s largest national parks. The abandoned  hill station at Bokor is located atop

a 1,080 meter hill in the Elephant Mountains. The Bokor palace is straight out of the film ‘The Shining’

and if you walk to the edge of what was once an outdoor terrace you will be rewarded with a agnificent

view over lush jungle stretching almost to the sea. The best time of year to visit is between November and May.

Note: Bokor National Park is temporarily banned from entering due to construction project which will be possibly taken the whole year 2009. Please contact your tour operators in advances for the condition of

Bokor National Park.

Ream (Maritime) National Park


Also known as Preah Sihanouk National Park, Ream was established as a protected area in 1993 and its

 21,000 hectares are home to a variety of animal and bird spe-cies. There is an expanse of mangrove

swamp and for-ests and beneath the surface of the Gulf of Thailand, some dolphin and coral. The park

accepts visitors and has boats to transport them along the river to untouched beaches. Along this

estuary you may see monkey eagles and even dolphins and from the empty sands on the coast

it is possible to explore some nearby creeks that disappear into the forest.

Kampot


The quiet town of Kampot is located on Cambodia’s southern coast, 5 km from the sea. Formerly the

holiday retreat of wealthy Khmers, the tourism infrastructure in the area is being redeveloped to take

advantage of the beautiful coastline. The province is renowned for its fruit orchards, especially the

pungent durian fruit.

Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)

 

Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) is just a short boat ride off the coast of Kep, maybe around 25-30 minutes.

There are many activities available over there including swimming, trekking which will spend around

1.5hrs walking around the island, sightseeing, snorkeling, beach football playing and testing Cambodian

seafood. It has several beaches, all much nicer than those at Kep. Moreover, it is possible to stay with

families on the island if arranged in advance.

Kep

The seaside resort of Kep- Sur – Mer was founded as a

colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908. The sleepy

town is on a small headland and has a 6km palm-fringed

road extending along the coastline.


Kep National Park

Kep National Park is the smallest of the seven National

Parks of Cambodia. Overlooking the gulf of Thailand, it

offers several spectacular views of the islands of Cam-

bodia, Kompong Track limestone cliffs, Angkoul beach

Preah Sihanouk area, Bokor mountain - the mystique

Casino Palace can be seen - the Vietnamese islands

and Ha Tien peninsula. Trekking is most common activity

which will spend approximately to 2-3 hrs walking around

the mountain. In addition, guests can possibly catch a

glimpse of monkeys, squirrels, birds of prey, and many

beautify types of butterflies.



Phnompenh

posted Nov 17, 2011, 8:23 PM by Dong Travel Ticketing   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 9:33 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

Apsara Arts Association

The Apsara Arts Association was established in 1998 with the goal of developing the Khmer culture. A private

organisation run by a professional Khmer dance teacher and funded by overseas donors, the Association offers

free instruction in Khmer classical and folkloric dance and music to children aged 6 and over, with a focus on under-

privileged children and orphans.

 

  Central Market


Originally built in 1935, the market was designed by French architects. At the time it opened was said to be the

 biggest market in Asia and it is famous for its unique style as well as the place where local people can find their

every daily needs. Likewise, visitors can also find many other souvenirs made from silk, silver, gold, precious stones

etc from the here.

Cheung Ek Killing Field


Cheung Ek is situated approximately 15 kilometers south west of Phnom Penh, and about 30 minutes drives. This

area is a place where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of whom were

transported here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng.There are 86 tombs with 8,785 death bodies including

men, women and children who were unearthed after the liberation of the Khmers Rouges. Some of those skulls,

bones and pieces of clothing are now kept in the nearby massive stupa which houses 8000 skulls exhumed from

mass graves

National Museum


Located near the Royal Palace, Cambodia’s National Museum offers a charming setting for a stunning collection

of ancient Khmer art. The sculptures date from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras. These exhibits are

complemented by more recent examples of Cambodian art. The museum is housed in a terra-cotta-roofed struc-

ture of traditional Cambodian design, built between 1917 and 1920. Apart from artistic treasures, the building is

also home to a large colony of Cambodian free-tail bats.The colony has lived in the building’s rafters for years and

is believed to be the largest group of bats living in a man made structure anywhere in the world.

Royal Palace

Situated on the site of the former Citadel, the Royal Palace was built by King Norodom in 1866 on the banks of the Mekong River. Inside its gleaming yellow walls are the Throne Hall; the Chan Chaya Pavilion, specially made for performances of classical Cambodian dance, the Napoleon III Pavilion offered to King Norodom by Queen Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and the King and Queen’s

residential quarters. Nowadays, only the Silver Pagoda can be visited.


Silver Pagoda

Also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha it is located in the compound of the Royal Palace. The floor is constructed of 5,000 silver tiles and at the pagoda’s center there is a magnificent 17th-century emerald Buddha statue made of baccarat crystal. The walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.


Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21)

Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school. When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison and interrogation facility. Inmates were systematically tortured and executed in the killing fields of Choeung Ek. S-21 processed over 17,000 people, seven of whom survived. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer

Rouge regime. Much has been left in the state it was when the Khmer Rouge abandoned it in January 1979.The prison kept extensive records, leaving thousands of photos of their victims, many of which are on display.Paintings of torture at the prison by Vann Nath, a survivor of Toul Sleng, are also on display.



Siem Reap

posted Nov 17, 2011, 7:45 PM by Dong Travel Ticketing   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 9:33 PM by Vietnam Travel Tour ]

Angkor Wat

Covering an area of one square mile, Angkor Wat is the largest, and most famous of the temple complexes at Angkor. Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor at 

represents the highest point in the evolution of Khmer architecture. The temple consists of pyramids, ringed by an outer wall of bas relieves depicting the Ramayama.


Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom is the royal city itself, where kings and their subjects lived during the Angkor era. The city is characterized by massive stone structures, towers, and sculptures.Angkor Thom is spread out over an area of four square miles and is surrounded by an outer protective wall. Also worth visiting are two buildings built into the wall at Bap-huon and Phimeanakas.


Bayon

At the centre of Angkor Thom is the immense Bayon emple. Bayon stands at what was the geographic and spiritual centre of the royal city. At first glance, the temple 

seems a shapeless mass of stone. As the eyes adjust, a ace gradually appears then another, and another  each enigmatic and silent, watching with half closed yes. The aces are carved into each of the tower’s four sides, an all seeing presence staring out from a primitive and remote past.

 

Preah Khan

This Buddhist temple was built by King Jayavarman VII in honor of his father. The two-storey temple is characterized by a series of rounded stone-column supports. The columns are unusual because of their rounded shape, a style not seen in any other Angkor architecture. Because of this anomaly, archeologists suspect the temple was an ancient wooden structure long since devoured by the jungle

 


The Roluos Group
About 10 km from Siem Reap is the complex of Roluos one of the first Khmer capitals built by Jayavarman II. 
Today we can visit three remaining Hindu sanctuaries: Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. All three temples were built 
of brick and though they are not as spectacular as the other temples of Angkor, they are well preserved and very 
interesting.

Baphoun

This temple built by Udayadityarvarman II was the most

defectively constructed of all the temples in Angkor. From

the remaining ruins, it is possible to see how imposing it

was. This temple hill was dedicated to Shiva, but in its

relieves many motives from the Vishnu epic can be seen.

Restoration work continues to be carried out on the Bap-

houn.


The Elephant Terraces &

the Leper King Terrace

At the North of the Baphoun lays the Royal city, of which very little remains except these two Terraces.

The first owes its name to the outstanding depiction of elephants, while the second gets its name from the

 magnificent sculpture of King Yasovarman, popularly known as the Leper King. The original of this

statue is now in the National Museum in Phnom Penh.


Banteay Srei

Built by a Brahman in the 10th Century, this temple was dedicated to Shiva. The famous pink sandstone

structure  bears a series of beautiful sculptures, lintels, pediments and friezes. While not a particularly

large temple complex, the beauty of Banteay Srei is found not in the scale but

the detail. Some say the bas relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining.



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