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For many travelers the allure of an unspoilt and little-explored country is irresistible. Emerging from a violent past of human rights atrocities, war and political instability, Cambodia is recovering from its past and slowly becoming a top destination on the South East Asian travel map. The magnificent temples of the 'Lost City' of Angkor are an irresistible attraction that, despite the dangers of unexploded landmines and the threat of rural banditry, is a must-see for any determined traveler.

OVERVIEW
For many travelers the allure of an unspoilt and little-explored country is irresistible. Emerging from a violent past of human rights atrocities, war and political instability, Cambodia is recovering from its past and slowly becoming a top destination on the South East Asian travel map. The magnificent temples of the 'Lost City' of Angkor are an irresistible attraction that, despite the dangers of unexploded landmines and the threat of rural banditry, is a must-see for any determined traveler.

The scenery is beautiful and abundant, shaped by landscapes of lush green forests and jungles, banana plantations, agricultural fields and mighty rivers. People here live modest and simple lifestyles and the populace are largely rural. It is not a place of fast and efficient transport or luxurious hotels and resort living. Infrastructure is basic (much of it having been destroyed) and traveling between destinations can be quite an experience - fun for some and frustrating for others. The country's world-class attractions and less-explored reaches, golden beaches and islands beckon the enterprising traveler, and make this unique destination the equivalent of a pearl in an unopened oyster.

CLIMATE
Any time of the year is a good time to travel in Cambodia, with each season having its advantages. The climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures stay in the 30's most of the year, dropping back to the 20's at night. As in most tropical areas the rain falls in short, heavy bursts with sunshine following. There are three seasons; November to February is the cooler season, March to June is the hotter season, with temperatures in the low forties, and June to October is the wet season.

WHEN TO GO
The ideal months to be in Cambodia are December and January, when humidity is favorable, temperatures are cooler and it's unlikely to rain. From early February temperatures start to rise until the killer month, April, when temperatures often exceed 40°C (104°F). Come May and June, the southwestern monsoon brings rain and high humidity, cooking up a sweat for all but the hardiest of visitors.

The wet season (May-Oct), though very soggy, can be a good time to visit Angkor, as the moats will be full and the foliage lush - but steer clear of the northeast regions during those months, as the going gets pretty tough when the tracks are waterlogged.

WHAT TO DO
To truly experience Cambodia, you need to spend a few weeks traveling around. Natural attractions range from the northeastern jungles, to the lovely beaches of Sihanouk Ville, and the mighty rivers that cut across the country.

The country's biggest festival, Bone Om Tuck, is held in early November, and is well worth catching. Others you might like to plan around include the water festival in Phenom Pen, or Khmer New Year.

 

PHNOM PENH - The capital city
Phnom Penh is the capital city of the country of Cambodia. It is the most populous and the beautiful city of the country. Phnom Penh was once known as the Pearl of Asia because of its beauty, charm and magical splendor. Phnom Penh's heritage is rich and varied. Today visitors find a bustling, multicultural city at the confluence of the historic Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. It reflects the rich cultural heritage of the country and is counted as the gem of the South East Asia. Being on the of the major domestic as well as international tourist destination, Phnom Penh led to springing up of numerous hotels, restaurants, night clubs, bars and many other important places. It is richest and the most populous city in the country.

Phnom Penh is a paradise for all the shopping enthusiasts. Here, you will find large number of shopping destinations as well as entertainment venues. The Phsar Thom Thmei market is one of the most prominent markets of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. This market is the principal shopping center of the city and is built in the distinguishing dome shape. This market is famous for selling gold and silver jewelry, antique coins, clothing, clocks, textiles, shoes, flowers, food and many other articles.

Coming here, you can find various Tourist Destinations in Cambodia. You can go for a personal tour to this place or else you can take a guided tour to visit the various places of interest in Phnom Penh in Cambodia.rich culture of the Cambodia.

 

SIEAM REAP -  "ANGKOR WAT  the greatest monuments" 
Siem Reap is small charming gateway town nestled between lovely rice paddies. It serves as the gateway to the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Today, it is the most important tourist hubs of Cambodia. Despite international influences the people of Siem Reap have been able to conserve much of the town’s image, culture and traditions.

The town is located at a distance of 7 km from the Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport. It can be reached by direct flight from Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon, Pusan, Kunming, Kaohsiung and Taipei. By land Siem Reap can be reached from Phnom Penh and the Thai border. It is also accessible by boat from Phnom Penh.

The hall mark of Siem Reap is dance performances, artisans shops, silk farms, countryside rice fields and many small fishing villages. The buildings are mostly colonial and comprise Chinese-style architecture. This is particularly evident in the Old French Quarter and around the Old Market

It is here where the ancient people of Khmer constructed one of the greatest monuments. Angkor Wat. The Angkor Archaeological Park houses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Banteay Srey and the legendary Angkor Wat. The artistic and archaeological significance of Angkor Wat are equated with the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal. The ruins of Angkor are yet unspoiled by over-development. But it is not just the temples that make this town attractive. Visit the Tonle Sap lake with its floating villages, where you can explore the traditional Khmer way of life or the national park of Preak Tuol where you can find unique birds. A one day excursion takes you to Phnom Kulen, where on weekends hundreds of Khmers pilgrim to a temple on the mountain top.  

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