A country of rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural scenery, Cambodia has a sad recent history from which it is still picking up the pieces. From the former heights of the mighty 10th century Angkor Kingdom to the lows of Pol Pot's murderous regime that wiped out a quarter of the population, Cambodia has had an eventful past.
Angkor Wat, glitzy casinos, Sihanoukville's empty beaches, Phnom Penh's vibrant backpacker scene, Mekong Island's wildlife, dolphin spotting in Kratie, cheap hotel rates, interesting museums tracing Cambodia's tragic modern history.
Widespread prostitution and poverty, unexploded ordinance, scams, hot and humid weather for most of the year, occasional violence and political tension, unreliable transport, pot holes, lawlessness and firearms.
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Cambodia might be quite low-key compared to its more popular neighbor, Thailand, yet it has plenty of charms of its own. With ancient temples, fascinating ruins, peaceful beaches and the very touristy Angkor Wat, Cambodia is slowly making its way to becoming one of the more popular destinations in Southeast Asia.
The capital, Phnom Penh, caters well to backpackers with its budget lodgings and lively bars while the likes of Siem Reap have more upscale offerings to cater to the increasingly sophisticated Angkor Wat crowds. The macabre Killing Fields are a sombre reminder of the nation's turbulent past but essential viewing for anyone who wants to get to grips with Cambodia's turbulent modern history.
The fastest way to arrive in Cambodia is by air. The airport in Phnom Penh receives flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Guangzhou. From the airport, local buses are provided to take you to your destinations while taxis are aplenty at the airport and in the city. There are also frequently flights to Siem Reap from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and other regional airports - for convenient short trips to Angkor Wat. Alternatively, you can reach Cambodia by waterway from neighboring countries. The country's international seaport is located in Sihanoukville. To get around, use the services of trishaws and taxis. The road network is in a poor state and land transport is both tedious and uncomfortable.