Cambodia Facts and introduction
to backpacking in Cambodia

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"Cambodia Facts" was last updated on Jan 04, 2014
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First time I heard about Cambodia was in high school. The word Pol Pot got stuck in my head even if I didn't know where the country was located.

Well, today I can definitely tell you where the country lies. Cambodia shares its vulnerable borders with Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, and has attracted millions of backpackers and tourists from all around the world.

  • Did you know that its capital Phnom Penh is the home of 1,5 million people?
  • There are still 4 to 6 million unexploded mines in the country?

From 1992 to August 2009 - 1,894,613 landmines were found and destroyed (according to Cambodian Mine Action Center)

  • Phnom Penh was known as "Krong Chaktomuk" (= City of Four Faces)
  • The official language of Cambodia is called Khmer
  • The highest mountain in Cambodia is Phnom Aural at 1771 meters!
  • Boeng Kak, which used to be Phnom Penh's backpacker area, is turned into a development project. The project started in July 2011 and the plan here is to build commercial centers, hotels, schools and hospital. Literally a business center. They have filled up the lake, and the inhabitants of Boeng Kak have been driven away.

The main reason why most people travel to Cambodia is because of the Angkor Temples situated outside touristy Siem Reap.

I don't know if it was Angelina Jolie's performance in "Tomb Raider" who opened people's eyes for the beauty of these temples or not. But if you travel to Cambodia, it is likely because of these ancient ruins!

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Apart from Angkor, here are 5 more good reasons to why you should visit Cambodia!

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  • A vast and a deep green jungle is waiting for you on the Eastern side of Cambodia - the provinces of Ratanakiri and Modulkiri will blow you away with waterfalls, nature-made swimming craters and multiple trekking options!
  • Sihanoukville in the south has Cambodia's only beaches!
  • Watch the cute Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie
  • Soak some culture and visit the city of Battambang - a forgotten city in the west with a bloody history, but with a bright future.
  • Cambodia is budget heaven! You can get a room as low as $2 in Phnom Penh and eat like a king without busting your wallet!

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Cambodia Articles

General about Cambodia

Introduction to Cambodia culture

Weather in Cambodia

Cambodia history

Maps of Cambodia and bus information

Phnom Penh articles

Getting to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh accommodation

Review of the food in Phnom Penh

Shopping in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh nightlife and bars

Review of Killing Fields of Cambodia

Review of S-21 Genocide Museum

Review of shooting ranges

About Tiny Toones organization

Battambang articles

Getting to Battambang

Accommodation in Battambang

Battambang restaurants

Things to do in and around Battambang

Review of Killing Caves

Siem Reap articles

Getting to Siem Reap Cambodia

Hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap

Reviews of Siem Reap restaurants

Review of Kampong Phluk

Siem Reap shopping

Siem Reap nightlife

Review of Apsara & Koulen 2

Review of Angkor National Museum

Review of Landmine Museum

Angkor articles

Introduction to Angkor park

Review of Angkor Watt

Review of Ta Prohm temple

Review of Banteay Srei

Review of Preah Khan

Review of Bayon site

Review of Kbal Spean

Angkor Wat history

Sihanoukville articles

Getting to Sihanoukville

Reviews of Sihanoukville accommodation

Reviews of Sihanoukville restaurants

Review of Bamboo island

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