Welcome to Cambodia...
In addition to the famous ruins of the Angkor dynasty, Cambodia is home to a wealth of exceptional off the beaten path locations. A southern coastline flaunting stunning beaches, scenic cruises along the Mekong and voyages onto Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap, add several other dimensions to the Cambodia tour experience. Visitors will experience a growing arts and craft scene and a nation proud of its Angkor Dynasty heritage.
Though the country is not large, its geography is surprisingly varied. Central Cambodia, bisected by the Mekong River, is flat farmland, mostly rice paddies. The river floods during the rainy season (June-October), irrigating the surrounding countryside. The coastal and southeastern regions are hilly, even mountainous in some places. Much of the nation is covered by dense forests and jungles, although deforestation by illegal logging is a growing problem.
Top Attractions: The chief attractions of Cambodia are the ancient temples of Angkor, historic buildings, Southeast Asian culture and jungle scenery.
Appeals To: Adventurous travelers interested in Southeast Asian history (both ancient and modern) will enjoy Cambodia. Those who cannot tolerate hot and humid conditions, schedule changes or the sight of severe poverty will not enjoy a visit to the country.
ANGKOR IS ONLY THE BEGINNING
In the simplest terms, Cambodia is defined by legacy, contrast and courage. Its astounding array of historical offerings proudly convey the extent of its former glory while beaches, towns and jungles remain ripe for discovery. Despite a tumultuous recent past, Khmer people's risilence and hospitality make Cambodia a traveller's paradise.
Cambodia's geography has played a substantial role in shaping its history. Its central location along the Indochinese Peninsula and relatively flat terrain facilitated the rise of the Khmer Empire which flourished from its base in Angkor for over 500 years. Conversely, Cambodia's proximity to the chaos of the Vietnam War sowed seeds of catastrophe that the country is now recovering from. Both of these periods are inextricable to the identity of both Cambodia, and its people.
WHEN TO GO & WEATHER
Cambodia is warm year-round. Dry season, running November through May, encompasses two seasons: cool (November-February) and hot (March-May). Cool season is when most travellers visit Cambodia. Wet season runs May through September and is a good time to visit Angkor.
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Lonely Planet - Cambodia Guide
Travel42 - Cambodia Travel Guide