Cambodia

Kingdom of wonder

STATISTICS

  • · Capital: Phnom Penh

    · Official Languages: Khmer

    · Motto: ជាតិ សាសនា ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ or "Nation,Religion,Kin"

    · Currency: Riel

Holidays And festivals 🐉

Khmer New Year

Celebrated on April 13 or 14 each year, Khmer New Year, Bon Chol Chhnam Thmei, is a three-day affair that traditionally marks the end of the harvest season and is Cambodia’s single most important holiday

Water Festival

Every November the water in the Tonle Sap changes course and Cambodians gather in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to celebrate the Water Festival, Bon Om Touk. Colorful boats race on the river and two million Cambodians descend on Phnom Penh to watch them.

Pchum Ben

Another extremely important holiday in Cambodia is Pchum Ben (Ancestor’s Day), a 15-day holiday that usually runs from the end of September to mid-October. During Pchum Ben, the spirits of dead ancestors are thought to be especially active, or they may even return to earth. Cambodians dress in white and bring food offerings to monks at the pagodas during this time.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Held to mark the start of the rice-growing season, the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Bon Chroat Preah Nongkoal, usually takes place in May. During the observances, which are typically led by the king, sacred oxen plow a ceremonial row and are then presented with plates of food, most of which represent the crops of Cambodia.

Places To Visit 🏞

👀 Did You Know?

-The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.

-Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government was installed: It was called the Khmer Republic during its republican years, Democratic Kampuchea under the Khmer Rouge regime, and People’s Republic of Kampuchea under the leftist group called Salvation Front. Today, in its latest government form, it is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia.

-Half of Cambodia’s current population is younger than 15 years old.

-In Cambodia, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner

TO DO LIST



Sunrise at Angkor Wat


Everyone does it; you'd be amazed by how many tourists show up at 5:30am. You just have to know how to beat the crowds and where to sit for optimal unobstructed viewing.

✓ Artisans Angkor

Siem Reap, Watch artisans at work in this trade school for disadvantaged Cambodians, then shop in the colorful store where authentic goods fly off the shelves.

Take a Tuk-Tuk to Downtown Siem Reap;

This nimble mode of transportation - essentially a 4 person carriage pulled by motorcycle - congests every alley, lane and road in Siem Reap. It takes just a few minutes (and about $2) ,.An unbelievable experience.

CULTURal aspects

  • Khmer women are traditionally supposed to be modest, soft-spoken, "light" walkers, well-mannered, industrious, belong to the household, act as the family's caregivers and caretakers and financial comptrollers, perform as the "preserver of the home", maintain their virginity until marriage, become faithful wives, and act as advisors and servants to their husbands.
  • Football (soccer) is one of the most popular sports, although professional organised sports are not as prevalent in Cambodia as in western countries because of the economic conditions. Soccer was brought to Cambodia by the French and became popular with the locals.
  • Cambodian dance can be divided into three main categories: Khmer Classical Dance, folk dance, and social dances. The exact origins of Khmer classical dance are disputed.

Cambodian Gastronomy

Cambodian cuisine includes noodles, soups, grills, stir-fried, curries, salads, desserts, lots of vegetables, tropical fruits, and of course rice which is the staple food for Cambodians. Cambodian culinary secrets are rarely written down; the recipes were instead handed down from mother to daughter. From an ancient origin has come a traditional cuisine of unsuspected treasures: a unique blend of flavors and colors that enhance the natural ingredients used.

Cambodians perfected the art of blending spice paste using many ingredients like cloves, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and turmeric. They add other native ingredients like galangal, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves to these spices to make a rather distinctive and complex spice blend known as “kroeung”.

Cambodian Landforms

Much of Cambodia's overall land area is a series of rolling plains, north to south.

Its most striking landforms include Tonle Sap Lake, and the Mekong River, which crosses the entire country as it flows through the Mekong Lowlands and on to the South China Sea.

Two mountain ranges of note include the Dangret range on its northern border with Thailand, and the Cardamom range in the west.

Cambodia's highest point is Phnum Aoral at 5,938 ft. (1,810 m).