Tourism of Cambodia 3, Preah Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel. (855-23) 213911 Fax. (855-23) 426107/217503
Cambodia is at the frontier of tourism. It has a
rich culture dating back many centuries when the
Angkor Civilitation was the region's most
developed. The 9th century Angkorian temples
have intrigued archaeologists and fascinated
tourists since being rediscovered in 1860. They
remain one of the world's great ancient wonders
and the jewel of them all, Angkor Wat, is the
world's largest religious monument.
The country has others attractions - from
unspoiled beaches, fascinating markets, Mekong
river cruises, beautiful natural areas, the
Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and isolated
hilltribe groups. There are many potential
ecotourism attractions in rainforests, riverine
and wetland ecosystems. These will become more
accessible as tourism infrastructure develops.
The capital, Phnom Penh, is the gateway for
tourists. There are several attractions here
like the Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda, other
temples like Wat Phnom, Mekong river cruises and
the National Museum. The city has lively
restaurants, bars and exciting market shopping.
Visitors to Angkor usually fly to Siem Reap or
take a boat across southeast Asia's largest
fresh waterlake, Tonle Sap.
Cruises on th Tonle Sap give an insight into the
importance of fishing as well as ecotourism
opportunities such as birdwatching in the
flooded forests. Siem Reap Is a small town
offering good accommodation for those visiting
Angkor. With many accessible Angkorian temples
here and at nearby Roluos, tourists can stay
from one day to one week. Other attractions near
the town are croccodile farm, markets and
waterwheels along the river.
In the south, the beaches and islands of
Sihanoukville and Kep provide relaxing gateways
with low key fascilities and untouched beaches.
The isolated provinces of Mondulkiri and
Ratanakiri are home to hilltribe peoples whose
unique lifestyles attract adventurous travellers.
Khmer dance, song and arts are sophisticated and
integrated into contemporary life. Rice, fish,
noodles and vegetables are the staple foods and
are usually obtained fresh from open markets.
Meal can be spicy and accompanied by fish sauce
or prahok. Most holidays are religious or
related to the monarchy. Special days are for
the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Pchum Ben, Kathina
Tean, the King's birthday and the Water
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