Category: Cambodia Travel Guide

National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

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Housed in four majestic terra-cotta pavilions enclosing an enchanting, landscaped courtyard, the National Museum of Cambodia has the country’s greatest display of Khmer statuary. Exhibits range from prehistoric to present- day items and include Indian sculptures such as a striking eight-armed statue of Vishnu,  a Hindu god, and a magni- ficent cross-legged sandstone statue of […]

Street-by-Street: Riverfront

Street-by-Street: Riverfront

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Phnom Penh’s riverfront is distinguished by its Gallic architecture – stucco-fronted, ocher-colored villas, and shuttered townhouses – while the surrounding area is home to many embassies, a number of old municipal buildings built under the French in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and several Chinese-style shophouses. The capital’s scenic riverside promenade, Sisowath Quay, is […]

Exploring Phnom Penh

Exploring Phnom Penh

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A vibrant city, far removed from its harrowing past, Phnom Penh attracts a steady flow of visitors. Designed around a grid system, the capital does not have a distinct city center. The 3-mile (2-km) sweep of the riverfront known as Sisowath Quay is arguably the most attractive area in the city. Lined with upscale boutiques […]

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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Cambodia’s capital city is a sprawling metropolis, abuzz with scooters, tuk-tuks, and swish 4WDs. A study in contrasts, Phnom Penh has vibrant, colorful markets, which thrive alongside sleek new malls, designer boutiques, shuttered French villas, and Parisian-style cafés dating from Colonial times. The city is also an excellent springboard for visits to other parts of […]

Cambodia at a Glance

Cambodia At A Glance

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Dominated by the Mekong River and the Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia’s central plains are an incredibly fertile area. The majestic Dangkrek Mountains in the north and the Cardamom Mountains in the south- west form secure habitats for a variety of endangered  plants and animals. The country’s 277-mile (443-km) long coastline is marked with fine powdery […]

The History Of Cambodia

The History Of Cambodia

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From the splendor of the Khmer Empire to the chilling brutality of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia has had a tumultuous past. For nearly six centuries, between the fall of Angkor and the rise of Communism, the kingdom lay buried in obscurity, forgotten by the rest of the world. Recent years, however, have seen the nation […]

Cambodia Through The Year

Cambodia Through The Year

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Cambodians love a good celebration and festivals provide the opportunity for family members scattered across the country to reconnect and reassert their sense of together- ness. Many of Cambodia’s festivals, such as Bon Chol Vassa and Meak Bochea, are based on lunar cycles. Thus, dates for these festivals change from year to year. While most […]

A Portrait Of Cambodia

A Portrait Of Cambodia

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Emerald paddy fields, a rich diversity of wildlife, powder-fine beaches, and the magnificence of the temples of Angkor – Cambodia has an alluring mix of romantic escapes and exhilarating outdoor pursuits, as well as world-renowned archaeological wonders. All this, combined with the warmth of its people, have helped put the country firmly on the tourist […]