The Kingdom of Cambodia. The ancient Khmer Empire dominated this area for over 600 years. ThailandLaosVietnam, and the Gulf of Thailand make up its borders. Phnom Penh is both its capital and the largest city.

Cambodia hosts a population of around 15 million people. Theravada Buddhism is the area’s most popular religion, with 95% of the population practicing it.

This country gained its independence in 1953. Many religions and diverse nations influence the culture here. There are also many influences of Hinduism throughout the country. French colonialism and Angkorian culture can also be spotted at various places.

Things To Do

The tourist industry is the second largest sector of country’s economy, regarding an income. The majority of visitors come from Japan, China, the Philippines, the United States of America, South Korea, and France.
The main tourist attractions in Cambodia are the Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap province, the beaches in Sihanoukville and the capital of the country, Phnom Penh. Other major tourist spots also include the town of Battambang and the Bokor Hill Station, the area around Kampot and Kep.

The tourist industry provides a lot of job opportunities for Cambodians, particularly in the souvenir industry. Nevertheless, many souvenir products are still being imported from China, Thailand, and Vietnam. The reason is that the number of souvenirs made in Cambodia is still not enough to satisfy the demand of the increasing number of tourists.

However, if you want an original souvenir, produced in Cambodia, pay attention to the following items:

  • Krama: a traditional Cambodian scarf.
  • Making ceramics is a very popular craft among local producers.
  • Wood carving, lacquerware, and silver plating are also the popular crafts.
  • A painted bottle with infused rice wine would be a unique and valuable souvenir for your beloved one.

Food & Cuisine

Rice features primarily in its cuisine. Fish is also a staple of the area. Tropical fruits, soups, and noodles are key ingredients. French colonialism has also greatly affected the food of here.


The official currency is Riel. However, the locals prefer to use US dollars. You can exchange other currencies at airports and banks. Due to visitors’ wishes, upmarket hotels, shops, and restaurants now accept credit cards. However, it is always better to have cash in small denominations. Also, there are ATMs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville.


You can hire taxis in all main towns. However, they don’t have meters, so you should negotiate the price beforehand. You cannot hire a self-drive car, only with a driver. You can arrange car hire by private negotiation with a taxi waiting outside the hotel or through tour operators.


In Cambodia, they use electric sockets of both A (as in the USA) and C (European) types. Find out, which your facility has, to know if you will need an adapter. However, the standard voltage is always 230V.

July 8, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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