Located in the Southeast Asia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, Cambodia shares its border with Vietnam to the east, with Laos to the northeast, with Thailand to the northwest and with the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast. The main ingredients in Cambodian cuisine are oyster sauce, tamarind, ginger, coconut milk, black pepper, fish sauce, soya sauce, garlic, kaffir lime and lemon grass. Just like the other countries of Southeast Asia, rice and fish are the two major elements in Cambodian cuisine. Mekong River and Tonle Sap River supply fresh fish to Cambodian nationals in abundance and rice is the staple grain. Don’t forget to dip pieces of baguette (influenced by the French cuisine, a baguette is a lot like a French bread, usually baton shaped 2 feet and 2 inches long and 2 ½ inch thick and made from mixing flour with a little amount of water) in Cambodian red curry and eat. Kway Teow, Amok, Num Bunhjok and Ah Ping are other delicacies that perfectly suit the need and taste of every individual. Hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are plentiful and also cater to the need and budget of every family and every individual.
Getting to Cambodia
Depending on the stopovers, it takes between 14-17 hours to reach Phnom Pehn or Siem Reap from UK (London). There is no direct flight to Cambodia from UK. The best alternative is to either travel to Paris or a neighboring Asian Country (the best alternative is Bangkok) to get a direct flight to Cambodia.
Things to do in Cambodia
Phenom Penh: Situated in the south-central region Cambodia, on the banks of the Mekong River, known in the past as the Pearl of Asia, Phenom Penh has been the capital and the biggest city of Cambodia since French Colonization of Cambodia (since 1434). Today Phenom Penh is not only the most populated and the wealthiest city in Cambodia but also the cultural and political hub of Cambodia. A unique blend of urban slum and colonial architecture, Phenom Penh is remarkable for its historical architecture, fast growing vibrant nightlife and other attractions. Wat Phenom (Hill Temple), Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields), the National Museum is arguably the top 5 out of 133 major tourist attractions in and around Phenom Penh.
Siem Reap: Nearly 321 km and roughly 4 ½ hours journey from Phenom Penh, the gateway to the legendary Angkor region located in northwestern Cambodia with an international airport (the second, the first international airport being located 10 km from Phenom Penh), 3.3 km from the city. You are requested to read the history of Angkor Wat, before setting foot on this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is impossible to describe in words, the magnificence, the brilliant artistry in architectural design and the superiority of this massive structure that depicts the grandeur and the glorious past of the Khmer civilization. A must visit place for any tourist at least once in his lifetime. Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Angkor Thom, Preah Khan (Ancient Ruins) is arguably the top 5 out of 384 major tourist attractions in and around Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is only 14.2 km from Siem Reap and a lot of tuk tuks (auto taxis) are available to take you there from the city. You are advised to spend at least 6 days in Siem Reap as it takes more than 3 days to enjoy the magnificence of Angkor region only.