The Kingdom of Cambodia is encased centrally within South East Asia bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and looking over the Gulf at Malaysia. Cambodia was used as a gateway by its neighbouring countries for many years until it was colonised and eventually became independent in 1953. Tourism in Cambodia is split with roughly 50 percent in Phnom Penh and the other half flocking to Siem Reap, the home of world-famous Angkor Wat.
Cambodia is a playground for tourists seeking adventure. The kingdom has been passed through many hands of power in the past and its turbulent history leaves behind both enjoyable treasures and jaw-dropping surprises throughout the country. A real goldmine for wide-eyed visitors. Temples kept from yesteryear are some of the best in the world in terms of stature and rich history. Angkor Wat, the country's most famous temple, sees around one million visitors annually and is, to this day, a religious site for Buddhists across the world.
The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, has been in constant development and is just as inspirational as its historic counterparts across the country. The city has bounced back to life with a beaming smile and unquestionable optimism. A dominating gastronomical force that neighbouring countries look upon with envy, its Asian cuisines balance tradition with constant improvement - much like its cityscape surroundings.
Cambodia is host to a remarkable amount of countryside that only a true adventurer will ever see. Rural life turns the clock back focusing on agriculture in tight-knit communities. Poverty is high in these areas and for some it can be overwhelming. But with an outlook to appreciate the resilience shown in such an unique environment, it is a guarantee that upon leaving a sense of enlightenment will befall you. Making the extra effort to visit such areas is a truly grounding experience.
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