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13 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cambodia in Your Lifetime

Enchanting landscapes, wealthy historical past, and tradition, in addition to the innate hospitality of its folks – Cambodia has the lot. And it’s what retains guests coming again again and again. Listed here are a couple of extra explanation why this Southeast Asian gem must be on each traveler’s bucket checklist.

Angkor Wat

Cambodia’s largest draw is, in fact, Angkor Wat, the most important non secular monument on the planet. To Cambodians, it’s a logo of immense nationwide satisfaction – other than Afghanistan, it’s the one nation on the planet to hold the picture of a constructing on its nationwide flag.

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Courting again to the twelfth century, this huge temple complicated was as soon as the middle of the Angkor Empire and an architectural feat, comprising a sequence of beautiful constructions and spiritual monuments.

Pleasant faces

Cambodians are famend for his or her hospitality, and if you first arrive within the kingdom, you’ll be overwhelmed by the nice and cozy welcomes and smiles. The light nature of the Khmer folks might be discovered in all places, from the tuk-tuk drivers and repair employees to tour guides, stall homeowners – even passers-by on the road. Anger doesn’t go down effectively right here, and a little bit of endurance goes a really good distance.

Distant islands

Whereas plenty of vacationers flock to the islands of neighboring Thailand, these off the southwest coast of Cambodia, additionally within the Gulf of Thailand, are sometimes neglected. However meaning they’re unspoiled, and for the massive half extra genuine. Koh Rong holds the crown as a celebration island, whereas close by Koh Rong Samloem has pristine seashores blessed with tropical flora. Different distant jewels embody Koh Thmei, Koh Ta Kiev, and Koh Totang.

Genuine journey

Immediately’s vacationers choose extra genuine experiences over a few weeks’ lazing within the solar, and Cambodia has this in abundance. Right here you may get pleasure from a neighborhood homestay, then spend a couple of days trekking via the jungle, absorb the uncommon wildlife, and cycle via unspoiled countryside. How about studying to prepare dinner conventional Cambodian meals, or immersing your self in one of many many festivals within the Cambodian calendar?


Phnom Tamao Rescue Heart, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, nurses a variety of animals – together with tigers, elephants, solar bears, and gibbons – which have been rescued from the clutches of poachers and the unlawful commerce. These creatures are then rehabilitated earlier than being launched again into the wild.

Sam Veasna Heart, in Siem Reap province, affords a spread of chicken and wildlife excursions, whereas in Mondulkiri you’ll discover elephant sanctuaries. Plus, there are numerous treks you may take via the Cardamom mountains that showcase a singular pure habitat.

Wealthy tradition

Cambodia is dubbed the Kingdom of Marvel, and wealthy tradition and heritage run via the veins of its folks. From magical apsara dancers and conventional music to elaborate ceremonies and stage reveals, there are many alternatives for guests to immerse themselves within the vibrant native scene. Try Cambodian Residing Arts for a sequence of conventional dance reveals.


The Cardamom Mountains, within the northwest of Cambodia, are one in every of Southeast Asia’s most species-rich and intact pure habitats. One of many largest remaining rainforests within the area, this distinctive tropical jungle was comparatively unvisited till lately; nonetheless, there are an rising variety of firms providing tenting, kayaking, biking, and climbing excursions right here.

Historical past

Historical past buffs shall be of their aspect in Cambodia studying in regards to the nice Khmer Empire, a interval of nationwide satisfaction even immediately. From wandering across the historic temples of Angkor Wat and discovering extra in regards to the kings who created them, to the swap from Hinduism to Buddhism and even its current violent previous, the dominion holds a robust and engaging attraction.


Signature fish (amok) and beef (Lok Lak), crab and Kampot pepper – plus the mass of noodle and rice dishes which might be eaten each day – make exploring the flavours of Cambodia a foodie nirvana. A spread of meals excursions and cookery courses can be found to take you on a journey via the tastes of the dominion. Feeling adventurous? How about sampling in style snacks corresponding to deep-fried tarantula, crickets and different native grubs?


It could be with no nationwide gallery, but the artwork scene in Cambodia is prospering, with a wave of younger modern artists main the best way. Galleries might be discovered all through Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, in addition to the creative capital of Battambang and Kampot. In Phnom Penh, you may typically see the work of up-and-coming artists at Sa Sa Bassac and Java Café and Gallery. In Siem Reap, Theam’s Home is a must-visit.


When you prefer to drive a tough discount, then get your haggling hat on and head to the closest market. Central to life in Cambodia, they begin early within the morning as locals clamour to purchase contemporary meals for the day. Nevertheless it’s not jsut about meals. Russian Market, Central Market and BKK1 Market in Phnom Penh flog garments, souvenirs, music and DVDs in addition to family items and even automobile components. In Siem Reap, Angkor Evening Market and the Outdated Market are sizzling spots.


The Cambodian calendar contains many public holidays, with festivals celebrated all year long. Khmer New 12 months, the primary vacation, falls on 14-16 April, 2021, whereas Pchum Ben, a spiritual competition during which Cambodians bear in mind the lifeless, and provides choices to monks, takes place on 5-7 October, 2021. The Water Pageant, on 18-20 November 2021, sees folks flock to the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh to look at a vibrant show of boat races going down.

Inspiring landscapes

Tranquil views of turquoise sea from powder-white shores, wanting over inexperienced rice paddies or into the deep jungle – Cambodia is stuffed with breathtaking landscapes that may make any customer cease and stare. Maintain your digicam totally charged so that you don’t miss a single Insta-worthy snap.

4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Range: $139

Amazing floating lodge on Koh Andet Island, downstream the Tatai River in the Cardamom Mountains. Unique tented floating villas with all amenities on the Tatai River in the midst of lush, spectacular jungle mountain scenery. Large Tents with DVD, hot water and Wi-Fi. Gourmet restaurant/bar is serving western and Asian food. About 30 minutes from Koh Kong town by car and boat.

Tel: 097-6434032

Tatai River, Koh Andet Island

99 Guesthouse

Range: $8 – $15

Budget-friendly downtown hotel with clean, smart, basic rooms with either fan or a/c. Cable TV, desk, en suite bathroom with hot water and free wifi in-room. Parking.
Tel: 060-660999 (en), 016-203666 (fr), 035-6600999


Facebook: 99 Guesthouse

Riverfront Road

A Brief History of Phnom Penh


 A Brief History of Phnom Penh

People have inhabited parts of Southeast Asia since the early Stone Age, and the ancestors of the Khmer people have been in the area for at least 5000 years, perhaps much longer, but there is no firm evidence of settlements in the Phnom Penh area prior to about 2000 years ago. Though probably an active settlement in Cambodia’s golden age of Angkor (9th-15th century AD,) Phnom Penh does not enter the historical record until after it became the Khmer capital in the mid 15th century AD. At the time it was known as Chaktomuk – the ‘Four Faces’ – so called for its location at the four-branched confluence of the Mekong River. The chaktomuk is a riverine crossroads in the heart of Cambodia with the Tonle Sap River running northwest to the old Angkorian capital, the Mekong River north to Laos and branches south to the delta and the South China Sea. Phnom Penh is, before all else, the city at Chaktomuk on the Mekong River.

Legendary Beginnings

Legendary Beginnings

First recorded a century after it is said to have taken place, the legend of the founding of Phnom Penh tells of a local woman, Old Lady Penh (Duan Penh,) living at the chaktomuk, the future Phnom Penh. It was the late 14th century and the Khmer capital was still at Angkor near Siem Reap 350km to the west. Gathering firewood along the banks of the river, Lady Penh spied a floating koki tree in the river and fished it from the water. Inside the tree she found four Buddha statues and one of Vishnu (the numbers vary on different tellings.) The discovery was taken as a divine blessing, and to some a sign that the Khmer capital was to be brought to Phnom Penh from Angkor. To house the new found sacred objects, Lady Penh raised a small hill on the west bank of the Tonle Sap River and crowned it with a shrine, now known as Wat Phnom at the north end of central Phnom Penh. ‘Phnom’ is Khmer for ‘hill’ and the Lady Penh’s hill took on the name of the founder, i.e. Phnom Duan Penh, and the area around it became known after the hill – Phnom Penh.


Cambodia is the land of the Khmer, the dominant ethnic group in the area stretching from the present deep into prehistory. The Angkorian era Khmer Empire centered near Siem Reap dominated the region from the 9th-13th century AD, at its apex the Empire stretched across most of mainland Southeast Asia. But by the 15th century the Empire was in political and territorial decline and under challenge from the rising Tai kingdom of Ayudhaya in today’s Thailand. By the 14th century Ayudhaya was staging regular incursions, culminating with the sack of Angkor in 1431-32. Shortly thereafter the Khmer court of King Pohea Yat left the Angkorian capital and established a new capital at Phnom Penh. With a very brief exception, the capital would never return to Angkor.

The choice to move the capital to Phnom Penh at the confluence of the Mekong was probably not only a strategic response to Ayudhhaya’s aggression but may have also reflected a tectonic economic shift. The 15th century was the beginning of a general rise in international commerce throughout the region and Phnom Penh was an ideal location for a trade center. The move may have reflected the country changing focus from the old Angkorian agrarian economy based in the country’s interior to a trade oriented economy based in a riverine port town.

During the first Royal occupation of Phnom Penh in the mid 15th century, King Pohea Yat set the foundations of city, establishing several wats and laying out the town along moats/rivers which approximate the area and layout of modern central Phnom Penh. Wat Ounalom on the riverfront near the Royal Palace may even slightly pre-date King Pohea Yat, making it the oldest known Buddhist foundation in the city.

Phnom Penh

Trade with China and other Asian kingdoms was well established in the Angkorian-era long before Phnom Penh was the capital. Boats traveling upriver to Angkor would pass Chaktomuk (Phnom Penh) which, due to its favorable location, was probably an active settlement at the time. After the capital moved from Angkor to Phnom Penh in the mid 15th century, the city remained the capital only briefly. Before the century was out, the capital had been relocated to Longvek 46km upriver. Though it moved a few more times in the subsequent centuries (primarily between Longvek and Oudong,) the capital always remained within a few tens of kilometers of the Chaktomuk area.

Maritime trade increased dramatically throughout the region in the late 15th century, with international players from as far as Japan. Though the capital had moved from Phnom Penh, the town remained the center of international commerce for Cambodia. Sixteenth century Spanish and Portuguese records paint a picture of small but cosmopolitan port of trade hosting significant populations of Chinese, Malay, Cham, Japanese and some Europeans, all living in separate camps in and around the Phnom Penh area. Structures of wood and bamboo crowded the west bank of the Tonle Sap river and the great stupa on the hill of Wat Phnom was visible from the river, marking the town to arriving visitors.

Arriving in the early 16th century, the Portuguese and Spanish were the first Europeans to make contact with Cambodia, sending missionaries, establishing trade and eventually becoming deeply involved in the affairs of the Cambodian court. At the center of the drama were two larger-than-life characters, Spaniard Blaz Ruiz, Portuguese Diogo Veloso and their band. Arriving in the 1580s they ingratiated themselves to the Cambodian King, served him as a sort of Praetorian guard, were captured and then escaped the Siamese, retuned and murdered the new Khmer leader, fled to Laos, installed a new Khmer king in Cambodia, and amidst rising tensions, both died in 1599 coming to the aid of their compatriots in a battle between the Malay and Cambodians against the Spanish in Phnom Penh. The battle resulted in a massacre of the Spanish, bringing Spanish influence in Cambodia to an abrupt and permanent end.

In the 17th century, Phnom Penh continued to prosper and the Dutch East India Company became the dominant European trading partner, but this relationship also came to a dire end in Phnom Penh. In a tale less colorful than the Spanish adventure, after a lengthy trade and diplomatic dispute between the Dutch and the King of Cambodia, negotiations came to violence. A Company embassy was killed and captives taken. The Company sent war ships to force the issue with the King at Longvek. Once the ships had passed Phnom Penh on their way up the Tonle Sap, the Cambodians built two bridges across the river behind them, effectively blocking the river. Upon returning downstream the Dutch ships were trapped by the bridges at Phnom Penh and besieged by fire from both banks. They fought their way through in a day long battle but suffered very heavy losses. Like the Spanish, Dutch influence in Cambodia never recovered. Though the first British and French explorers would arrive in the mid 17th century, European interest in Cambodia waned until the French in force returned in the late 19th century.

The 19th Century

Squeezed between Siam and Vietnam, the 18th and 19th centuries were hard on Cambodia. At the beginning of the 19th century the capital returned to Phnom Penh for the first time in 300 years, but again only briefly. In 1813, during a period of Vietnamese influence, King Ang Chan built the palace Banteay Kev in Phnom Penh, but it burned in 1834 when a retreating Siamese army razed the city. The capital subsequently moved back to Oudong 35km away. It was not until the French arrived in the 1860s that it returned to Phnom Penh once again, this time permanently. At the time the area had a population of about 10,000 including a large Chinese sector as well as many other foreigners. It was a multi-ethnic port town of floating villages and wooden and bamboo houses, huts, shops and vendors lining a complex of paths and a single main road paralleling the riverfront. After a brief visit in 1859, traveler Henri Mouhot dubbed Phnom Penh “the great market of Cambodia.”

L’Indochine française

France gained colonial control of much of mainland Southeast Asia beginning in the 1860s, first taking portions of Cochin-china (southern Vietnam,) then Cambodia and the remainder of Vietnam and Laos, finally coalescing in 1887 into a federation of protectorates called French Indochina. Cambodia first came into the French sphere in 1863. Seeking assistance fending off Siam and Vietnam, and under pressure from France, Cambodian King Norodom signed a Protectorate agreement with France in August 1863. On French encouragement, the seat of government was officially moved from Oudong to Phnom Penh in 1866. It was only then that the city first began to take on the appearance of modern Phnom Penh.

The first modern stone structure to be built was the Royal Palace, opening in 1870. Soon thereafter the first stone ‘Chinese shophouse-style’ buildings were constructed, initially appearing along the riverside near the Palace. The shophouse design is present across Southeast Asia and ubiquitous in Phnom Penh, characterized by rows of a deep, narrow apartment made up of a combined ground-floor businessfront and upstairs residence.

By the 1880s, early colonial buildings clustered near Wat Phnom but most of the rest of the city was a swampy place of wooden and bamboo buildings. In the 1880/90s fires periodically swept through sections of town, capped by the Great Fire of May 1894. After that brick and cement became the standard for new buildings. The 1890s saw an expanding population (50,000) and accelerated development including draining wetlands, constructing canals and bridges, expanding the Grand Rue along the river and the addition of several buildings such as the Post Office and Treasury Building which still exist today. The city stretched from the French Quarter around Wat Phnom south to Sihanouk Blvd, most squeezed within a few hundred meters of the river.

The 20th Century…

France remained in control of Cambodia for most of the first half of the 20th century. Many classic colonial buildings were constructed including the Police Station (next to the Post Office,) the Hotel Le Royal and the large villas around the Royal Palace. By the 1930s the canals had been filled and turned into garden boulevards, which are now parks along Sihanouk Blvd and also Streets 108/106. As the population grew (109,000 in 1939) the city continued to expand, mostly westward into the wetlands, which were drained accordingly.

In 1935 the Boeung Deco lake was filled and the distinctive, domed, art deco ‘Central Market’ (Phsar Thmey) was built in its place, originally known as the ‘Grand Market’ when it opened in 1937. That same year the cyclo-pousse, the iconic bicycle rickshaw known the ‘cyclo’ was first introduced in the city. This was Phnom Penh at its colonial apex, reputed to be the most beautiful city in French Indochina.

Independence from France came in 1954, issuing in a period of considerable urban and commercial development and the beginning of the distinctive ‘New Khmer Architecture,’ reflected in existing structures such as the Independence Monument and Chaktomuk Theatre. Factories, roads, markets, power plants and hundreds of shophouse-style apartments were built, giving the city much of its current appearance. This all came to an abrupt end with the Lon Nol coup of 1970 and Cambodia’s descent into war between the government and the communist Khmer Rouge (KR.) As the Khmer Rouge took over the countryside in the early 1970s Phnom Penh became swollen with refugees. In 1974 the city was lain siege and eventually cut off, finally falling to the Khmer Rouge on April 17, 1975. Three days after the fall the city was totally evacuated, leading to thousands of deaths. Though some workers and Khmer Rouge remained in Phnom Penh, the city was essentially a ghost town until the Khmer Rouge fled the invading Vietnamese army December 1978-January 1979, leaving behind evidence of their horrors such as the S-21 facility, now known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

When people returned to the city after the Khmer Rouge period, it was a shambles, largely intact but thoroughly looted and neglected. Restarting the city began from scratch. As low level war continued in the western provinces, the 1980s saw Phnom Penh repopulated and revitalization begun. The city was scoured and basic services were re-established. Phnom Penh’s population grew from 100,000 at the end of 1979 to 615,000 by 1990.

In 1991 UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) began its 2 year administration of the country as part of a UN brokered peace agreement leading to national elections in 1993. After years of isolation, Cambodia was suddenly open for business. International investment started to flow into the country and Cambodia was back the tourist map as the newest adventure destination. The city saw the beginning of a period of economic and urban development that has continued to this day. There was a flurry of new construction in the 1990’s including most of the distinctive ‘wedding cake villas.’ With the final demise of the Khmer Rouge in 1998 and increased stability, development accelerated. The 2000’s have seen another boom in Phnom Penh. The city’s population has increased to near 2,000,000, there has been significant infrastructure improvement and recently the first high rise structures have been built, giving considerable change to the skyline and architectural character of the city. Phnom Penh is now a city in the midst of rapid change.

Abacus Restaurant

Exquisite French restaurant/bar with a white table cloth and wine glass atmosphere in a tranquil garden setting. Elegant, a/c seating as well as pleasant garden terrace dining. Offering a large and varied selection finely prepared and presented dishes. Cocktails, wine selection. Fine imported cigars available. Excellent reviews. Highly recommended. Visa/MC/JCB

Open: 11:00AM – Late
Tel: 012-644286 092-318528


Just off Route #6 (Airport Road)

Alliance Alizé Boutique Villa & Art Cafe

Set in a colonial-style building, combining an art exhibition space with a chic restaurant featuring traditional Khmer and classic French cuisine. Reasonably-priced tasting menus prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Deep wine cellar and unique selection of fine spirits and champagnes. Reserve in advance to enjoy an exclusive shadow theater and Khmer dances. Pool that customers are free to use. Visa/MC/JCB/AMEX

Cooking Classes

Half day Cambodian cooking classes at the Alliance Café by a Khmer chef. Begin with a trip to a traditional market to select the ingredients. Cook and dine on several Khmer recipes. Wat Damnak area

Tel: 017-809010 063-964940
Wat Damnak area

Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

Range: $155 – $250

Offering the highest standard of western comfort, style and the elegance and traditional Khmer style. K-West restaurant/bar. TWG teashop in lobby. Visa/MC/AMEX/ANZ
Tel: 023-214747


#1, Sisowath Quay (map – riverfront)

Ambau Khmer Restaurant

Dining: Khmer, Thai

8:00AM – 10:30PM **Happy Hour 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Tasty, authentic, nicely prepared Asian dishes, mostly Khmer and Thai, at comparatively reasonable prices. Serving most of the standards such as Cambodia Amok and Thai curries, with a few interesting touches and twists unique to Ambau Khmer. Air-conditioned indoor dining as well as patio seating. Visa/MC/ANZ

Tel: 081-845679, 010-655679

#30B, Street 184

AMBOH Espadrille

Produces handmade espadrille custom footwear, perfect for the Cambodian climate. Workshop located in Phnom Penh, Amboh shoes are produced by Khmer women, all materials acquired locally through fair trade. They are known best for their espadrilles made with the Krama, a traditional scarf made in the countryside.

Tel: 010-508104

Facebook: AMBOH Espadrille

#45, Street 21

Amok Restaurant

Facing Siem Reap’s Old Market, Amok features a number of tasting menus that offer visitors the opportunity to sample a variety of home-style Khmer dishes as well as an a la carte menu. The amok degustation menu features five types of the famous Khmer amok, the restaurant’s namesake. Vegetarian options plus a balanced wine list and full bar.

Open: 10:00AM – 11:00PM

Tel: 063-965407

Amok Restaurant website

Old Market Area, The Passage

Angel Hand Spa

Reasonably priced massage and spa with several locations in the most popular tourist areas. One hour foot massage for $6, body massage $8, oil full body massage $10/hour. Khmer, Thai and Shiatsu style massage – back, foot, hot stone, bamboo, compress and more. Scrubs, waxing, pedicure/manicure.

Tel: 070-777388, 076-4050222, 088-8555155

1) 2 Thnou St, between Pub Street and the Old Market
2) Oum Khun Street, Taphul Village area
3) Sivutha Blvd, Old Market area

Angkor Arts Diwo Gallery 1 & 2

Featuring a selection of refined Khmer statues and Buddhas – works were produced by Cambodian artists commissioned to create art with the same techniques and materials used by their ancestors: bronze, silver, stone and wood. Also displaying home decor, books and a permanent exhibition of Thierry Diwo’s photography – a Cambodia-based French photographer and publisher in sepia color. Diwo Gallery 1 is located in a lovely location on the road to Tonle Sap. From the Wat Svay bridge follow the signs. Exotic garden. 8AM – 9PM. Tel: 092-930799, 092-876252

1) See above; 2) Riverfront Road, Old Market area

Ministries in Phnom Penh
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