Reason why you shall visit Cambodia once in your lifetime
Our Cambodia TraveChatter Leng who graduated as a lawyer from Cambodian Mekong University. She is the Founder of Cambodia Nature Birding Club. Let’s take a look at Cambodia using her local eyes.
Cambodia or Kampuchea is globally renowned for housing the temple complex of Angkor Wat. The country is also famed for its rich history and culture, which dates back to Cambodia’s golden age when the ancient Angkor Empire reigned in the Southeast Asian region.
Cambodia off icially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 181,035 square kilometers in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The official religion is Buddhism, practiced by approximately 95 percent of the population. Cambodia is divided into 25 provinces and subdivided into 163 districts. Phnom Penh, the largest city in Cambodia, has been its capital since French colonial days. Once known as “the pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh is considered one of the prettiest of the cities and located on the Mekong River, the city actually dates back to the 15th century. Top attractions include the Royal Palace and the National Museum, which contains a large collection of Khmer artifacts. The night market or Phsar Reatrey is a good place to pick up handcrafted items and souvenirs.
The most popular time to go to Cambodia is between November and February, with the peak season falling between late December and mid January. At this time of year the weather in Cambodia is excellent, there is little rain and it isn’t uncomfortably hot. This is a popular time of the year though, and destinations such as Angkor Wat and the Cambodian islands can be very busy in peak season having a reservation for Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem can be a prudent idea. While the Christmas period is the most popular team to go to Cambodia, opting for shoulder season instead, either between late October and early December or from early February through to the end of March, can be a good idea. In doing this you’ll only have a moderate risk of rain (if visiting in October/November) or of uncomfortable heat (March, April) but the pay off will be in slightly reduced numbers of tourists.
For Nature lovers,
National parks: Cambodia lacks the wide selection of national parks that can be found in some of its neighbours, but for the dedicated nature lover, Virachey National Park in the northeast remains a highlight. Coastal nature lovers may find Ream National Park of interest and, in the same area, Bokor National Park, while largely de-charmed by developers, is still worth a peek. Close to Phnom Penh lies Kirirom, Cambodia’s first national park.
Eco-tourism: Just because the national park selection is limited doesn’t mean there are not eco-focused activities in Cambodia. In the west, from Koh Kong you can go trekking into the Cardamom Mountains, and there are also trekking possibilities from nearby Chi Phat. In the north, beyond Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary, Betreed bekons. To the east, Sen Monorom is a hub for eco-tourism activities revolving around elephants and sustainable tourism.
The country also has some outstanding tropical islands, a nascent ecotourism scene, and some fascinating and historical urban centers.
Namely of Cambodian citizens, I would like to tell you that I am very happy and welcome everyone to my country, I do thank for interested in Cambodia Kingdom.
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