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Arrive:Wed 31st May 06Depart:Wed 21st Jun 06
Days:21Approx km:1300
Capital: Phnom PenhCurrency: Riel (KHR)
Weekend: Sat/SunTime Zone: GMT +7
Int. dial code:+855Language: Khmer
Visa Required: YesReligion: Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu
Side of road:RightBest time to visit: Dec-Jan
Diesel Price: US$ 0.61Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking, Khmer Monuments, Diving

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Diary Entry: 1st-5th May 2006 - In the Footsteps of Lara Croft
Diary Entry: 6th-12th May 2006 - A Silver Pagoda and Some Sombre Moments
Diary Entry: 13th-22nd May 2006 - Abandoned French heritage and we leave Cambodia
Diary Entry: 5th-15th May 2006 - It's amazing who pops up in the middle of Asia
Diary Entry: 15th-20th May 2006 - A path less travelled..!
Diary Entry: 20th-24th May 2006 - A temple hunting we will go...

Photo Album for Cambodia

Country Highlights En Route

Angkor WatAngkor Wat: The temples of Angkor, built from 879 - 1191AD, when the Khmer civilization was at the height of its development, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From the great citadel of Angkor, the kings of the Khmer empire ruled over a vast domain that reached from what is now southern Vietnam to Yunan, China and from Vietnam westward to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 temples in all, are the surviving religious remains of a grand social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings -Ratanakiri palaces, public buildings, and houses - were all built of wood and are long since decayed and gone.

Ratanakiri has a population of about 60,000 'Khmer Loeu' people. The Khmer Loeu are actually 12 different groups of tribal peoples, living in the jungle and mountains, still practicing many of their traditional ways including slash and burn agriculture, animism, traditional clothing and housing, etc. Tours and treks can be tailored to your requirements, but most guides suggest visiting more than one tribal village over two to four days to see different aspects of tribal life as well as the different peoples. Popular excursions include visiting Tampuan and Charay villages to see their distinctive cemetery totems and long houses, and Krueng villages to see their traditional farming techniques and unique 'boy high houses.' Phnom Penh Phnom Penh: A mixture of Asian exotica, the famous Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Situated at the confluence of three great rivers the 'four arms' of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac forming the "four arms" right in front of the Royal Palace Phnom Penh is the commercial, political and cultural hubs of the Kingdom Sihanoukvilleand is home to over one million of the country's estimated 11.4 million people. The city offers several cultural and historical attractions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum.

SihanoukvilleSihanoukville: 'Beach town' and 'port community' - all describe Sihanoukville, Cambodia's premier beach town. For many years, the pristine, peaceful, white sand beaches have been a secret of a few hardy travellers. The palm-dotted sands surrounding Sihanoukville are un-crowded and unspoilt by the mass tourism monster. There is also the opportunity to experience diving in Cambodia.

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