Cambodia Travel Guides
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Weather: May 2007
It's the beginning of the rainy/hot season in Cambodia. There
are occasional afternoon and nighttime
rains that are increasing in in frequency and
duration as the monsoon season approaches.
Mid-day temps average 31-36C. River
and lake levels are low but rising.
Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the world's newest
and most exciting travel destinations. After almost 25 years of isolation,
Cambodia opened to tourists in the early 1990s, and though tourists
numbers have increased every year since, the country is still far less touristed and commercialized than its neighbors.
Cambodia’s primary tourist destinations -
Angkor Wat and the other temples of
Reap, the cultural attractions in the capital
Penh, and the beaches of
- offer plenty of accommodations, restaurants and other tourist services. Other destinations such as the hill tribe areas of
Mondulkiri, the remote temples of Preah Vihear and Banteay Chhmar, and quaint provincial capitals such as
Kampot, are just now being discovered by travelers, and all offer unique glimpses of
Cambodia is a land of superlatives.
The ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and
other ruins of the Khmer Empire rank amongst the world's grandest and
most magnificent World Heritage Sites -
easily in a class with Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Egypt and Teotihuacan. But
this magnificence stands in shocking contrast to the
Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and other remnants of Cambodia's more recent history - a time when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s committed some of the most horrifying atrocities of
the 20th century. Yet, the Khmer people, who make up more than 95% of modern Cambodia's population, impress visitors as some of the friendliest, 'happiest'
(sabai), and most gentle people they have ever met. The ubiquitous Khmer smile is legendary, as is traditional Khmer hospitality and openness. Cambodia is truly a land of light and dark, of wonder and of tragedy - awe-inspiring, heart wrenching and completely unique.
is the on-line versions of Canby Publications Co. Ltd.'s popular
city/travel guides to Cambodia:
The Phnom Penh Visitors Guide,
The Siem Reap
Angkor Visitors Guide and
The Sihanoukville Visitors Guide, (which
also include guides to Battambang,
Canby Publications' guides and maps are available free of charge at
select hotels, restaurants, travel agents and other locations in
Cambodia, and through select travel agents in Thailand and worldwide.