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Geography of Cambodia: The geographical framework of Cambodia is found bordered by the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, Laos to the north and Vietnam to the east and southeast. Its main artery is the Mekong valley, which crosses from north to south. This is joined at Phnom Penh by the Tonle Sap, spreading to the northwest in a large plain of water that extends for some 140 kilometers by 30 and irrigates the surrounding plains.

Temperature: Every year the weather varies from 25°C to 30°C with an average temperature of 27°C The maximum temperature is 40°C in April and lowest temperature is 16°C to 18°C in January. In Cambodia the high temperature increases to 220 days per year. There are two seasons clearly : dry monsoon (from October until April) and raining monsoon (from May until September).
Population and area: Cambodia has a population of 11,426,223 people in an area of 181,035 square kilometers
Language and communication: The official language is Khmer . English and French are widely spoken and practical in conducting businesses. 
Time Zone: Cambodia is 7+GSM.
Business Hour: Government offices open from 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM on weekdays only. The lunch break is from 12.00 AM to 2.00 PM. Banks open from 8 AM to 3 PM.
Electric current: Standard voltage is 220 volts.
Currency: Riel is an official currency. Dollars and traveler's cheques in dollars are widely accepted.
Airport Tax: International departures: US$ 20. From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap US$ 15. All other domestic destinations US$ 5.
Religion: The national religion is Buddhism of the Small Vehicle, or Theravada, of the Pali language. The monastic life plays the principal role and remain the popular faith.
Local food: Rice and fish are the staple diet and the harvest is regulated by the rhythm of the rains and floods. The fish are plentiful. During the dry season, and entire village is built on Tonle Sap Lake. Their belongings suspended on the poles with rachs of dried fish. There are other many kinds of food made of mixed-vegetables cooked by using red meat or pork or seafood.
Transportation: There are cars and motorcycles for rent in the city. Rickshaws and taxi's are also available. Travelers can travel by air, car, boat or train to get from one province to another.
Communication: Mobile phones are widely used. Phone cards can be used on both mobile and regular telephones. Public phones with phone cards are common in Phnom Penh. Phone cards can be purchased at most hotels, post offices and supermarkets.

Festivals, events and feasts in Cambodia

01 January                     International New Year's Day
07 January                      Victory Day
08 March                         International Women's Day
13-16 April                      Khmer New Year
01 May                            International Labor Day
07 May                            Bon Visak Bochea
11 May                            Bon Chrat Preah Neangkoal
01 June                           International Children's Day
18 June                           Birthday of Samdech Prereach AkeakMohesey                  Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
24 September                  Constitution Day and Recoronation of H.M Preah   Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk
29 September                  Pchum Ben festival
October                           Beginning of Bun Kathen
30-31 October 01-November       King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk's Birthday                 
09 November                   Independent Day
10-12 November              Water and Moon festival
10 December                   Human Rights Day

Tourism is one of the main industries in the Kingdom of Cambodia and strong efforts are made to promote the country as a unique destination, rich for its diversity and cultural heritage.
Since the last national election, a new era of peace and political stability is taking root in the country. The chance for visitors is to discover the deepest heart of the Kingdom by travelling to very little known areas and understanding more about the splendor of the Angkor civilization.

The traveler will, at first, visit Cambodia for the temples of Angkor. Besides the impressive grandeur of the ancient capital, beauty has been scattered into thousand facets through the Kingdom. Cambodia has much more to offer than its famous cultural sites.

Thanks to the improvement of the roads and the open sky policy which facilitate the access to the country (direct flights are connecting Cambodia to Bangkok, Hanoi, Pakse, Singapore, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City operated by Bangkok Airways, Silk Air, Lao Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Eva Air…). Other routes are under negociation.
Land entry points, from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, allow visitors to combine the countries in the region and provide a very unique travel experience.There are more possibilities now with the better roads in Cambodia.

Visas are available upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport and at the following border check-points: Poi Pet, Pailin, O'Smach, Koh Kong (border to Thailand); K'am Samnor/Chau Doc and Bavet/Moc Bai (border to Vietnam) and Dong Krolor (border to Laos).
Visas are required prior to arrival by boat at the border at Voeun Kam (border to Laos).

The accommodation choice is developing very quickly in Siem Reap and standard hotels are now available in almost all regions newly open to tourism.

Traveling through Cambodia has become a safe and very special experience, providing a wide spectrum of different destinations to satisfy all visitors.

The capital of the Kingdom, Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers: the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap.
Strongly influenced by its French colonial past, Phnom Penh is a mix of architectural styles, promenades along the river, markets and pagodas... Visitors should not miss the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and Wat Phnom. The “Killing Fields” and Tuol Sleng Museum, chronicle of the Khmer Rouge's period, help for the understanding of recent Cambodian history.

There are several places of interest to visit near Phnom Penh as for example Angkor Borei. Only 20 km from the provincial town of Takeo, the capital of the pre-angkorian kingdom of Funan (6th C.) and of Water Chenla (8th C.), the site is easily accessible by boat along a small river. Its museum displays reproductions of objects from these periods and even some originals found in the region.

Udong, ancient capital of the Khmer Kingdom, offers spectacular views of the surrounding country and the innumerable sugar palm trees that punctuate the countryside. King Ang Dung, the great grandfather of the present king was crowned here and many locals and foreign residents like to picnic here on weekends.
Another worthwhile excursion from Phnom Penh is the Phnom Chisor Temple. On the top of the hill, there is an amazing view of the surrounding plains, with a fine Angkorian temple (Suryagiri -11th C.).

Siem Reap known for Angkor Wat, one of the greatest religious monuments in the world. Besides the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a quiet and pleasant town, offering promenades along the river and around the old market. Excursions to the fascinating floating villages, sunset cruises, tours to the inundated forest or the bird reserve of Prek Tuol are to be combined with a tour to the temples.
Some temples have been lately re-opened to tourism, such as the fabulous Preah Vihear Temple. Well over 100 km to the North-East of Angkor, on the Thai border, Preah
Vihear Temple (or Prasat Phra Viharn) dates from the beginning of the 11th century. It dominates the plain from its prominent position in the Dangrek Mountains at an altitude of more than 700 m and was only returned to Cambodia by a ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 1963 (previously occupied by the Thais).
At 1h30 from there is Anlong Veng: the Khmer Rouge leaders used Anlong Veng as their last strong hold and hideout in this remote area, along the Cambodian/Thai border. It reveals the remains of Pol Pot's (Khmer Rouge Leader No. 1) house and burial site, built in close range of man made artificial lakes. The rainy season from May to October complicates the visit of temples in remote areas.

In the same area is Koh Ker. The road has recently been renewed and is now subject to a toll. The old capital of ruler Jayavarman IV is located North and can be visited in one day from Siem Reap. Beng Melea is a huge 12th century temple complex, 40 km east of Bayon, which was completely ruined even though it was built at about the same time as Angkor Wat. Very secluded located, to the North-West of Siem Reap, is the rarely visited Banteay Chhmar temple, one of the capitals of Jayavarman II. It was rebuilt by Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his sons who were killed in battle repelling a Cham invasion in 1177.
Deep in the jungle, a visit of secluded Kbal Spean, known as the river of the Thousand Lingas, is highly recommended. The rocks of the river have been carved (11th-13th Century), which gives it a magical touch.

The second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang is located in a rich and fertile plain. The Sangker River flows through the town center, which is filled with interesting colonial architecture. The region has numerous Angkorian and post-Angkorian sites. Some of the most interesting are the Wat Ek (11th C. - Suryavarman I),Wat Toul Baset (7th C.) and Phnom Banon.

The less visited regions are located in the North of the country. Tropical lush jungle cover the mountain areas, hiding the rich wildlife in its grandiose sceneries. Trips are difficult or even impossible during the rainy season... Mondolkiri is the largest province geographically but also the least populated. Around Sen Monorom, capital of the province, there are 11 different hill tribes, each with a distinct language, culture and traditions.

Rattanakiri is the dream of adventurous travelers. Banlung, the capital of this province, is situated around 600 km from Phnom Penh. The Jarai, Kreung and Tampuan hill tribes reside here where they still practice a way of life untouched by modernization. The Yeak Laom Lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano.
Southern Cambodia has access to the Gulf of Thailand and offers ideal opportunities to finish a tour in the Kingdom. Kampot is a pleasant town 5 kms inland on the banks of the river Tuk Chhou. A nice place to enjoy a boat trip on the river. Kampot is also a base for excursions to the Bokor National Park  in the Elephant Mountains. The nearby seaside resort of Kep (Kep-sur-Mer) is located 25 km from Kampot. This beautiful coastal area was once the favorite holiday spot for Cambodia’s French-influenced elite during the middle of 20th C. From Kep fishing boats can take you to one of the island scattered in the bay.
Kompong Som (Sihanoukville) is Cambodia’s only deep-sea port. The beaches are some of the most unspoiled and finest in all of Southeast Asia. The nearby islands can be reached by fishing boats. Various Hotels and local restaurants serve fresh, delicious seafood.

The new 1,9 kilometres Koh Kong Bridge was officially declared open on 4th April 2002 by Prime Minister Hun Sen. This magnificent 8 million dollar masterpiece of Technology links the estuary of Koh Kong with Thailand (South-West), enhancing to promote tourism, investment and trade, as well as reducing travel-time to Phnom Penh to about 6hrs only. However, this new wide laterite highway built by the Thai Army, requires 4 tricky ferry crossings and is not suitable during the rainy-season.

Fantastic new cruise and shipping possibilities have emerged last year and are now proposing new ways to discover Cambodia such as:

Pandaw Cruising on the RV Mekong (Saigon – Siem Reap – Saigon)
Many veteran travellers will be familiar with the much loved Pandaw Fleet owned and operated by the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in Myanmar. The original Pandaw was a Scottish built paddle steamer refitted to a high standard of comfort with deluxe staterooms. The intention was to recreate the atmosphere of the colonial steamers that carried royal princes, viceroys and a succession of famous artists, writers and poets. The RV Mekong is of similar design to the Pandaws with a spacious dining room on the Main Deck, an ample cocktail bar on the Upper Deck and a large sun deck area above, half covered by an awning, which affords the best views of the river life around. The RV Mekong did operate its first cruise in October 2003, starting from April 2005 onwards, the RV Tonle Sap will cruise in the same waters. The boats offer Upstream Saigon – Siem Reap for 7 nights / 8 Days v. v. (see the schedule in the Program “River Journeys in Cambodia”).

M/V Toum Teav / The traditional Khmer wooden boat (Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh)
An extraordinary way of cruising quietly between the two most visited cities is the nicely decorated M/V Toum Teav, equipped with 10 cabins (7m2) and bathrooms with shower (3m2), a library salon, a sundeck and an open restaurant. Possible to charter during 3 days/2 nights (max. 20 passengers), leaving Phnom Penh on Monday at 8 a.m. to arrive in Siem Reap on Wednesday around noon. The return takes place from Siem Reap on Thursday at 8 a.m. and arrives on Saturday in Phnom Penh around 6:00 pm. Another option is their Phnom Penh – Saigon cruise for 7 days/6 nights or Phnom Penh - Kratie for 3 days/2 nights (see the schedule in the Program “River Journeys in Cambodia”).

Victoria Speed Boat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Vietnam) v.v.
Victoria boats operate a daily service between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc. This breathtaking and comfortable way to travel down the Mekong River is an excellent approach to observe the daily life of Cambodian people, along this very important waterway. It operates every day sailing from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh at 07.00h-12.30h
and from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc at 13.30h-17.30h.

Transfer from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Vietnam)
Since May 2002, a daily boat service (capacity: 20 person, operated by Hang Chau Tourism) operates from Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (08.30-12.30h) and v.v. (14.00-17.30h). It sails from the Ving Phuoc Hotel in Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (Preah Sisowat quay), without transferring boats. A fantastic and uncomplicated way to travel along the breathtaking Mekong River with easy immigration- and custom formalities into Cambodian- or Vietnam.

Mekong Express Boat on Tonle Sap Lake (Siem Reap-Phnom Penh v.v.)
The M/V Mekong Express, a Japanese-made Motor-Vessel, is operating between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on odd days and Siem Reap and Phnom Penh on even days. The modern boat comes with a new engine with a capacity of 140 seats, equipped with modern furniture, air-conditioning and sundeck. The journey between the two cities takes 5 hours. The M/V Mekong Express does not operate, during the low water period from February to July.
Journey from Battambang to Siem Reap on Asian Trails wooden boat v.v
For a traveler to Cambodia curious about the local culture, embarking on the a boat journey from Battambang to Siem Reap is a must. The day long journey is a unique approach to discover people's way of life in one of the most fascinating ecosystems on earth : the Sankger river and the Tonle Sap lake.
As the river progresses towards the lake, human activities grade progressively from a pure land-based farming to a floating life of fishing. One can marvel at the many picturesque scenes of daily life on land and water.

As more and more tourists come into the region, touring slowly but surely by bicycle ensures experiences that few others will have the opportunity to savour. Remember that just a couple of kilometers off the highways and byways lie villages that hardly any Westerners will ever see. Asian Trails offers several Cycling Tours around the countryside of Siem Reap up to the hearth of the temples of Angkor. The technical level is normal. The land is mostly flat. Some portions of the itineraries are on sandy ground which asks for some physical effort. The daily distances are not too long but the accumulation of days of cycling with sometimes hard climatically conditions can be improving and asks for good physical condition.

Another adventurous way for discovering the best off-road of Cambodia is riding a motorcycle. Asian Trails proposes different tours on dirt bike. Don't ride or don't care to? We go to all the same locations in four-wheel vehicles or Jeep. Preah Vihear, Anlong Veng, Koh Ker are amongst the most popular destinations.
 Cambodia is developing quickly and the number of visitors is increasing. If the visit of Angkor is a must and is unrivalled, more and more globe-trotters realize that the country has much more to enjoy: a smattering of golden undeveloped beaches, unspoilt forests, beautiful old colonial cities like Phnom Penh, Battambang and Kratie and even more important a very relaxing atmosphere.

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