Mysterious Khmer Empire

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Cambodia is quickly becoming a favorite destination for many travelers. Cambodia is located on the Southern coast of South East Asia. It is a country with rich cultural traditions that can be seen throughout the country today. The temples of Cambodia are breath taking, and so is the generosity of the local people.

The Cambodia of today is far different than the images seen by the world of its civil war over 30 years ago. The country has healed and progressed tremendously since then. While traveling in Cambodia I felt as secure as when I visited other countries in South East Asia like Vietnam, or Thailand.

The people of Cambodia are very proud of their country, and they are happy to receive visitors. The amount of tourism throughout South East Asia has Increase in general with Cambodia, in particular, seeing a dramatic rise in tourism over the past 5 years. The money generated by tourism in Cambodia has helped its people create a brighter future for them. The people of Cambodia know this, and want every tourist to have an amazing experience when visiting. So rest assured, when you visit you will be welcomed warmly.

Culturally speaking, Cambodia is a rich nation. During the 13th century the country we now refer to as Cambodia was the Khmer Empire and stretched across much of South East Asia. In the 15th – 19th centuries Cambodia’s borders began to resemble what we see today, and in the 19th century controlled by France and Japan on separate occasions. This has lead to the rich and diverse culture which the country enjoys today.

Cambodia mixed plate

The food in Cambodia has many influences. You can enjoy a curry dish called Amok which resembles the curry dishes found in Thailand. Due to the French influence on the country, you can find French baguettes almost everywhere you go; which is rare in Asia. If you’re in the mood for seafood or other meats cooked on open fire like those found in Japan, then you can have that too when in Cambodia. The cooks of throughout the country draw on all their culinary influences of the past to crate delicious foods for locals and travelers to enjoy.

There are also many locations for you to explore in this wonderful country. If you enjoy the big city, you will love Phnom Penh. There are many things to do in Phnom Penh. There are museums to visit, beautiful temples (or wats) to visit. If you are a foodie then your stop in Phnom Penh is a must. You can experience all the different foods of Cambodia in the one city. Phnom Phen is also a great place to meet the locals. Just drop into any of the city’s many watering holes to have a drink and swap stories with a fellow traveler, or get an insider view of the country from one of the locals.

Phnom Penh Tower

The temples of Angkor Wat are absolutely stunning. The Angkor Wat temples were built around the height of the Khmer Empire as a capital for all of South East Asia. As you can imagine, these temples are massive. One can really appreciate the power which the Khmer Empire welded when visiting Angkor Wat.

If you travel to the southern region of the country you can explore sleepy coastal beach towns. One of the most popular of these towns is a place called Sihanoukville. Sihanoukville gets its name from one of Cambodia’s former kings named Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanoukville is a great place to holiday and get away from the winter cold. The weather is especially nice in the later months. When the temperature drops in other parts of the world, there is only sunshine and cool breezes to be found in Sihanoukville.

Cambodia beach

Wherever you choose to go, you will find what you are looking for in Cambodia. In Cambodia you will discover breath-taking mountain ranges, relaxing beaches, and everything in between. The people will welcome you warmly and help you find your way when you are lost or simple want to find a less beaten path. You will experience cuisine that will knock your socks off, but still seem somewhat familiar because of the country’s many western influences. So why not join the many travelers like myself that have discovered the wonder that is Cambodia?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, my name is Benjamin Balmer I`m originally from Switzerland, but I live in Asia for quite a while, currently located in the south of Cambodia “Sihanoukville”. As a freelancer I have been fortunate to travel around the world and see the most beautiful places in the world. If I`m not actively traveling, I work with passion on projects and spend as much time as possible with my three kids, they live apart from me. I believe that travelling is the only thing we can buy in this world, that makes us richer.

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