About Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia is most famous for the Angkor complex, home to Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire which lasted from the 9th to 15th centuries. Cambodia is less well-traveled than neighboring Thailand, but getting popular with tourists. Find your perfect vacation rental in Cambodia with FlipKey.

About Cambodia

There is archaeological evidence to show that people have been in Cambodia since 4,000 BC. By the 1st century BC, Chinese traders were reporting on its existence. The Chinese called the area Funan, the Khmer kingdom. Much later, Cambodia became a French colony.

The country has a tragic recent history. Over 2 million people died of torture, starvation, disease and execution under the rule of Pol Pot.

Cambodian culture has its roots firmly in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Cambodians are respectful and polite, greeting each other with the 'Sampeah'. This is a bow, accompanied by the palms of the hands placed together. If someone greets you in this way, you should respond in the same manner.

The cuisine is simple, with rice being a staple. Fish, beef and pork curries are eaten with rice or noodles and coconut milk. Durian is a popular fruit in Cambodia. Try it—it's very different to western fruits!

What to do in Cambodia

The most famous place to visit in Cambodia, and the most impressive, is Angkor—a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most iconic temples. It’s a must-see site when on vacation in the country.

Visit the markets and experience the smells from the street food being cooked around you. This Cambodian takeaway food is well worth trying!

Visit memorable Phnom Penh, the capital city, on the Mekong Delta. Take a boat trip along the Mekong River and let your imagination fly. Go to the art deco Central Market, there and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Sample dishes containing the Kampot pepper - native to Cambodia. If you visit Kampot, be sure to go to the Preah Monivong National Park (also known as the Phnom Bokor National Park). Look out for the Durian roundabout with a statue of the popular fruit on it.

There are many sites in Cambodia that are worth visiting, but go before it gets too popular.

Top travel tips for Cambodia

Now that the roads in Cambodia have improved, traveling from A to B by bus is a good travel option. Most bus services begin and end in Phnom Penh. Some smaller villages are not on bus routes, or have limited services.

Minibuses can be used for local trips. So can tuk-tuks - a motorbike in front with a passenger bench behind. These are cheap, but it's a good idea to agree the fare before getting in. Motorbike taxis (motos) can also be found in cities.

If you are in Phnom Penh, organized tours can be booked at travel agents.

If you want to see what Thailand was like twenty years or so ago, visit Cambodia. It is much less developed than its neighbors. It's a cheap tourist destination that is becoming more and more popular. Sample the delicious food and see the sites. Book your vacation rental now with FlipKey and plan the trip of a lifetime!