Historical Sites

18Jul

Siem Reap Activities

Situated near the famous temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has become a prosperous tourist town. But other than visiting the amazing Angkor temples, what else is there to do? Fortunately there are a myriad of activities you can enjoy in Siem Reap. From sports such as golf and cycling, to learning activities such as cooking and ceramics classes, to off-roading with dirt bikes and quads, to horseback riding, to bird watching, to enjoying a relaxing massage, the list goes on.

ANGKOR WAT

Angkor Wat is the most famouse ancient temple site in Cambodia, and visiting the ancient Angkorian…

ANGKOR THOM

Towering stone peaks emerge through trees. Smiling faces peer down from overhead. Celestial…

BANTEAY SREI TEMPLE

Banteay Srei Temple is a beautiful 10th century Khmer temple complex dedicated to the Hindu…

TA PROHM TEMPLE

Ta Prohm’s state of ruin is a state of beauty, which is investigated with delight and left with regret.

KBAL SPEAN

Kbal Spean lies 50 kilometers northeast of Siem Reap pro-vincial town or about 18 kilometers from…

THE ROLOUS GROUP

Situated to the East of the Angkor Park the Roluos group of temples were one of the earliest of the…

Eco-Tourism

18Jul

Eco-Tourism

Cambodia is located in the heart mainland of Southeast Asia, which conjures images of a glorious and mysterious past and rich of the cultural heritages, particularly the world’s renowned ancient temple city whose magical image draws ever-increasingly tourists from all over the world.

Freshwater Dolphin-Spark

Is a sleepy Mekong River town situated on the east bank of the mighty river.It’s very picturesque…

Tonlé Sap Lake

The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. During the dry season…

Mondulkiri – Minority

This province is chock full of natural beauty, with thickly forested mountains, powerful…

Kampot - Sea Food

Is a small town on the Tuk Chhou River, 5km inland from the sea? Fishing and farming are…

Phnom Kulen National Park

Situated about 50km north of Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen National Park is one of the most revered…

Rattanakiri

Ratanakiri became a province of Kingdom of Cambodia in 1960 under King Norodom Sihanouk’s…

Sihanoukville – Beach

‘Beach town’, ‘port community’, ‘fledgling resort destination’ – all describe Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s…

Ta Tai Waterfall

Ta Tai waterfall is a semi-natural site located in Ta Tai village, Ta Tai commune, Smach Meanchey…

Kirirom National Resort

Located at Phnom Sruoch district in the province of Kampong Speu, Kirirom National Park is…

Sihanoukville – Beach

‘Beach town’, ‘port community’, ‘fledgling resort destination’ – all describe Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s…

Siem Reap Activities

18Jul

Siem Reap Activities

Situated near the famous temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has become a prosperous tourist town. But other than visiting the amazing Angkor temples, what else is there to do? Fortunately there are a myriad of activities you can enjoy in Siem Reap. From sports such as golf and cycling, to learning activities such as cooking and ceramics classes, to off-roading with dirt bikes and quads, to horseback riding, to bird watching, to enjoying a relaxing massage, the list goes on.

Flight Of The Gibbon

Flight of the Gibbon builds its famous zipline courses in the most spectacular and beautiful…

Angkor Horse Ridding

Enjoy half hour to half day explorations through Siem Reap’s surrounding countryside…

Angkor Golf Resort

Holic Tandijono, Executive Director of Angkor Golf Resort, said: “We are delighted to continue…

Siem Reap Nightlife

As one might expect, the focus for most visitors to Siem Reap are the ancient temples…

Siem Reap Shopping

Being a tourist-related town, there are a great many shopping opportunities in Siem Reap…

Angkor Night Market

A good reason to visit Siem Reap is the Angkor Night Market. The first of its kind in Cambodia…

Siem Reap Sunset

Sunset watching at Bakheng Mountain is always a fun thing to do, especially when traveling…

Bird Sanctuary

A somewhat smaller floating village, it is the starting point for bird watching tours to…

Floating Villages

There are actually several so-called floating villages located on, and around the Tonle Sap…

Smile Of Angkor Show

The Smile of Angkor Grand Epic Show in Siem Reap is a show about the history and culture of Cambodia…

Phare The Cambodian Circus

An astonishing immersion into Cambodian Modernity. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is the only venue…

Cello Concert

Every Thursday and Saturday, the conference hall of Jayavarman VII Hospital becomes the…

Cultural Village

The Cambodian Cultural Village is designed to provide tourists with an excellent insight into…

Gondola Sunset Boat Rides

Come and discover a natural wonders, hidden treasures of the historical site and cultures…

About the Destinations

18Jul

ABOUT THE DESTINATIONS

Source from Tourism of Cambodia

ABOUT THE DESTINATION

The town of Siem Reap, in northern Cambodia, is the primary access point for the Angkor Archaeological Park. The name Siem Reap literally means “Siam Defeated”. These days, however, the only rampaging hordes are the tourists heading to the Angkor Archaeological Park.

GEOGRAPHY

Cambodia, also known as Kampochea, is a country located in Southeast Asia that is bordered by Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Covering an area of about 181,035 sq km, Cambodia is about half the size of Vietnam.  The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh and has the distinction of also being the largest city.

A low-lying alluvial plain in the center of Cambodia makes up most of the country, although in the South there is the Mekong Delta.  There are several mountainous regions, one of which forms a border along the coastline with another separating Cambodia from Thailand.

POPULATION OF CAMBODIA

An estimated 85-90 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Ethnically the population consists of about 90 percent Khmer, 5 percent each of Chinese and Vietnamese and small numbers of hill tribes (Chams and Burmese). Khmer is the country’s official language. It is spoken by more than 95 percent of the population. French, as a second language Ian a is also spoken, mostly by older people. English is more commonly spoken by the younger generation.

The Cambodian population presents several important features. First, due to the baby’ boom after 1979, it is a young population with at least half (50% according to some sources, more according to others) under 18 years of age now. Secondly, the proportion of women in the adult population is high, 56% of those who are 18 years old or more being females. Also as a result of the war, there is a rather high proportion of women-headed household; at least 25% according to UNICEF.

Cambodia and Laos’ populations are dwarfed by those of Vietnam and Thailand, and average population densities in the smaller countries are much lower than in Vietnam. Even the very densely populated areas in Cambodia do not have such a concentration of population as can be found in the Red River and Mekong River Deltas in Vietnam.

The population of Cambodia is 12,491,501 (2001 estimate). Population growth per year is estimated at 2.3 percent, one of the highest rates in Asia. The rate of infant mortality is also high. The population density is 69 persons per sq km (179 per sq mi), with the densest concentrations on the heavily cultivated central plain. The mountainous regions of the country, where malaria is widespread, are thinly populated, as are the poorly watered northern provinces. During the late 1970s, under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, all of Cambodia’s towns were depopulated, and residents were forcibly relocated to rural areas. A process of reurbanization began in the 1980s.

KHMER ART AND CULTURE

Throughout Cambodia’s history, religious principles guided and inspired its arts. A unique Khmer style emerged from the combination of indigenous animistic beliefs and the originally Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. These two religions, along with the Sanskrit language and other elements of Indian civilization, arrived in mainland Southeast Asia during the first few centuries.

CAMBODIA CLIMATE AND WEATHER

The climate can generally be described as tropical. As the country is affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an overage temperature around 27.C (80.F). There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot. These seasons are:

  • The Rainy season:  From June till October 27-35.C (80-95.f)
  • The Dry season (cool):  From November till February 17-27.C (80-95.F)
  • The Dry season (Hot):  From March till May 29-38.C (84-100.F)

CAMBODIA ECONOMY

Cambodia’s economy grew rapidly, at more than 8 percent per year, between 2004 and 2012. GDP growth slowed during the global economic downturn in 2008-09 and then picked up again to reach a four-year high of 7.3 percent in 2012.  The economy is expected to grow at around 7 percent in 2013, driven by strong exports, private investment and agriculture, and underpinned by a solid macroeconomic position. Economic growth broadened over the past few years, thanks to sustained growth in the agricultural sector, driven by increases in rice prices in global markets.

Poverty in Cambodia has fallen sharply. World Bank estimates suggest that Cambodia achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty in 2009. However, a vast majority of families who were lifted out of poverty were only able to do so by a small margin. Today, the poverty rate is 20.5 percent. Still about 2.8 million people are poor, and about 90 percent of them live in the countryside.

CURRENCY OF CAMBODIA

The official currency in Cambodia is the Riel which come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 50000 and 100000 notes. However, in the major towns and cities, US dollars can be freely spent though travelers are recommended to use smaller denomination notes as change may be difficult.

Most places will refuse old, tatty or damaged US bills. Due to the economic problems in the region, the currency has slipped from 2500 Riels to 3700-3900 per one US dollars (at the time of this writing), meaning Cambodia is an even better value for money tourist destination than before. Popular local and international currencies can be exchanged openly and freely. Major credit cards are only accepted in a few places so traveler cheques or cash are recommended.

RELIGION

Theravada Buddhism is the prevailing official religion in Cambodia and approximately ninety percent of the population is Buddhist. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also embraced in Cambodia.

CUSTOMS AND TRADITION

Cambodian culture and tradition have had a rich varied history dating back many centuries. Over the years, the people of Cambodia developed a set of unique tradition from the syncretism of indigenous Buddhism and Hinduism.

Cambodians have been raised to respect their culture and are very traditional in their way of life. Tourists will see the well mannered Cambodian expressing a friendly “Chumreap Suor” when they meet one.

Since Buddha statues and images represent the revered Buddha, visitors are asked to treat all such statues and images with respect, so as not to offend local people. In Cambodia, regardless of religion, the country maintains a harmonised state.

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