The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
— G. K. Chesterton, 1874 - 1936




Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863 and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, Communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge. UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have been tried or are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful.


The Kingdom of Cambodia (ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា ឬ ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា) (sometimes transliterated as Kampuchea to more closely represent the Khmer pronunciation) is a Southeast Asian nation bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the northwest, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

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CambodiaInterContinental Phnom Penh 

296, Boulevard Mao Tse Toung
Phnom Penh 3

Price (US$): $165 - $245 / night

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Location. InterContinental Phnom Penh is a business friendly hotel located in Phnom Penh's Monireth Boulevard neighborhood, close to Sovanna Shopping Center, Royal Palace, and Independence Monument. Additional points of interest include National Museum of Cambodia and Silver Pagoda. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Phnom Penh include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a… more »

CambodiaRaffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor 

1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay
Dang Kumm
Siem Reap

Price (US$): $365 - $366 / night

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Location. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is a business friendly resort located in Siem Reap, close to Royal Garden, Siem Reap Royal Residence, and Angkor National Musuem. Additional points of interest include Lucky Mall Super Market and Wat Preah Prom Rath. Resort Features. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor features a poolside bar and a snack bar/deli. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a sauna. The… more »

CambodiaPalace Residence & Villa Siem Reap 

No. 555 Phum Kruos, Khum Svay Dangkum
Siem Reap

Price (US$): $247 - $743 / night

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Location. Located in central Siem Reap, Palace Residence & Villa Siem Reap is connected to the airport and close to Cambodian Cultural Village, Angkor Golf Resort, and Lucky Mall Super Market. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Angkor Night Market and Royal Garden. Hotel Features. Palace Residence & Villa Siem Reap's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/cafĂ©. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge… more »


Road to Angkor
Siem Reap

Price (US$): $950 - $951 / night

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The name amansara derives from the twinning of the word aman. Sanskrit for peace and apsara the heavenly nymphs of ancient hindu texts who emerged from the primordial churning of the oceans with the power to change their form at will and to bestow luck on those they favoured. The resort is located in siem reap the cultural capital of cambodia. amansara was once the guest villa of king norodom sihanouk. Transormed into a 24 suite retreat, the resort is set in a private garden compound with… more »

CambodiaSokha Beach Resort 

Street 2 Thnou
Sihanoukville 18204

Price (US$): $147 - $236 / night

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Location. Sokha Beach Resort is located on the beach in central Sihanoukville, close to Sokha Beach, Ochheutel Beach, and Independence Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Victory Beach and Otres Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Sokha Beach Resort include 5 restaurants. 2 poolside bars, 4 bars/lounges, and a beach bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the… more »

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Full name
Kingdom of Cambodia
Phnom Penh

Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos

Geographic coordinates

13 00 N, 105 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Oklahoma

Border countries

Laos 541 km, Thailand 803 km, Vietnam 1,228 km


443 km


tropical; rainy, monsoon season (May to November); dry season (December to April); little seasonal temperature variation


mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north

Lowest point

Gulf of Thailand 0 m

Highest point

Phnum Aoral 1,810 m

Natural resources

oil and gas, timber, gemstones, iron ore, manganese, phosphates, hydropower potential



Ethnic groups

Khmer 90%, Vietnamese 5%, Chinese 1%, other 4%


Buddhist 96.4%, Muslim 2.1%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2% (1998 census)


Khmer (official) 95%, French, English

Government type

multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy


9 November 1953 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 9 November (1953)

Chief of state

King Norodom SIHAMONI (since 29 October 2004)

Head of government

Prime Minister HUN SEN (since 14 January 1985) [co-prime minister from 1993 to 1997]; Permanent Deputy Prime Minister MEN SAM AN (since 25 September 2008); Deputy Prime Ministers SAR KHENG (since 3 February 1992); SOK AN, TEA BANH, HOR NAMHONG, NHEK BUNCHHAY (since 16 July 2004); BIN CHHIN (since 5 September 2007); KEAT CHHON, YIM CHHAI LY (since 24 September 2008); KE KIMYAN (since 12 March 2009)

Internet country code


Internet users

78,500 (2009)


17 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Phnom Penh, Kampong Saom (Sihanoukville)

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