Cambodia Travel Guide A Vagabond Life
Cambodia Travel Guide
Cambodia was once the seat of the powerful Khmer Empire, where Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument site in the world, was constructed in the 12th century. However, the country’s fortunes declined significantly as it was attacked and plundered by its neighbors, colonized by the French in the 19th century, and devestated by American air strikes in the 1970s. Ultimately, it came under the oppressive rule of the Khmer Rouge, resulting in a great loss of life due to forced labor and executions.
Today Cambodia is slowly recovering from the dark days with infrastructure being re built and visitors being welcomed. Cambodia at times can be confronting, particularly the genocide museums and killing fields memorials. On the flip side the people are warm and inviting and the main sites of Angkor Wat are quite incredible.
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Capital: Phnom Penh
Language: Khmer (official), French, English
Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Cambodia
- Residents of most countries will need a Visa. For most people visa on arrival is available so pretty easy and straight forward.
- The transport system is reasonably good with buses and mini vans travelling to most places in the country. The road conditions in the country are poor so travelling in Cambodia is slow, hot and often very crowded, allow plenty of time to get to where you need to be and be prepared for an unscheduled overnight stop.
- Mini vans are the main main form of transport across the country, your guest house or hotel will be able to organise a ticket for you. Like many developing countries mini vans will wait until they are full before departing so while you will be told a departure time the time you actually leave is dependant on if the mini van is full. The driver will then drive around the town picking up goods for delivery along the way until the mini van is packed to the gills. Just go with it as its just the way it works in Cambodia.
- Do not go off the beaten track! Three decades of war has left thousands of un-exploded, un-mapped landmines across Cambodia. The Cambodian Mine Action Centre estimates that there may be as many as four to six million mines still in Cambodia. Stick to well mapped and travelled paths in Cambodia to avoid the mines.
- Avoid mosquito bites. Dengue and malaria are both prevalent in Cambodia so use a repellent with deet in it and cover up in light coloured clothing. Malaria is a particular problem in the north and north east.
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