Known for her mythical temple of Angkor Vat, Cambodia is a country of an unequalled cultural wealth. The temple of Angkor Vat is certainly most majestic but tens of other temples quite as splendid and imposing are disseminated in the country. But they are also mountains covered with a dense forest populated by ethnic minorities with the astonishing habits, punctuated hectares of rice plantations of villages to authentic traditional architecture, a gigantic lake Tonlé Sap, plus fresh water big lake of Southeast Asia, legendary Mekong, the beaches with crystalline water of Sihanoukville and the desert islands favourable with the diving.
Bordered by 443 km of coasts on the gulf of Thailand, Cambodia shares her borders with Thailand in the west, Laos in north and the Viêt - Nam in the east. Associated with the incredible site of Angkor, Cambodia, strongly impregnated of the architecture left by the French is a country of a great cultural wealth, but it is also the immense lake Tonlé sap, mythical Mekong, an intact campaign at the villages of a great authenticity, rice plantations, forests of teak crossed of overland routes red, paradisiac beaches and especially people full with humour to the bewitching smile.
The Khmers account for 90% of the population. The 10% remainders consist of Vietnameses, Chinese, Cham Muslims and the ethnolinguistic minorities called Khmer Leu. These some 100,000 Khmers Leu live in the mountainous regions of the provinces of Ratanakiri, Mondolkiri, Stung Treng and Kratie. These minorities practise mainly a wandering agriculture even if it becomes increasingly difficult to practise the nomadism since the large companies seize their ground regularly.
Larger religious building of planet, Angkor Vat with the perfect proportions, built by thousands of blue-collar workers and stonecutters is the most majestic temple of huge complex built during the golden age of the Khmer civilisation also called period angkorienne.
In Cambodia, Buddhism became official religion only from 13th and 14th century, and became even religion of state in 1989. Many temples had been destroyed by the Khmer Rouges and the majority of the assassinated monks. The majority of Kampuchean practise Buddhism theravada. The finality of Buddhism theravada being the attack of the nirvana.
The fresh water dolphin of Irrawaddy is endangered species which one finds in some sections of Mekong in Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Today in process of extinction, there would remain only 70 individuals of this species. These marine mammals of 2,75m length are especially observable on the side of Kratie with Kampi.
Even if Cambodia Khmer east with majority, one observes a great ethnic diversity there. You will be able to benefit from your travel to Cambodia to meet these various ethnos groups. The chiams, at the origin of the many mosques in Cambodia live north of Phnom Penh and in the area of Kompong Cham. Native-born people called Loeu Khmer live in the provinces of the North-East and live on agriculture and breeding. We can also distinguish Kravet, Braos, Kouys, Samrês, Saoch and Péars.
The best period to leave to Cambodia is from November to February. Strong heats as for them last from March to May and the rains from June to October.
Form your trip
A travel to Cambodia, country a long time under the influence of the Khmers, will transport you by his cultural wealth resulting from its heritage left by the Indians and the kings. At the time of your stay, impregnate artistic atmosphere of Cambodia for the worship of the gods between Hinduism and Buddhism. Visit the site of Angkor, archaeological site classified with the heritage world of UNESCO, or the capital Phnom Phen with its temples and its museums or let allure itself by a cruising on Mekong.