Officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia. The country is located in the southeast of Asia and borders the countries of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The name of the country has often changed, because the inhabitants of the country themselves call it Kampuchea, which comes from the word Kambu-ja. The meaning of this is that the country is inhabited by people who were literally born by the ‘Kambu’. And Kambu, according to the old-fashioned myth, is the founder of the country of Cambodia.
Until the second half of the 20th century, the country was in the hands of France, which means that they have only been independent for more than sixty years. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country has seen several major wars that have had major setbacks for the entire country and the economy. It is still a large agricultural country and the products they rely on are rice, rubber and maize. The fastest growing sector is therefore tourism. Tourism brings a fair share of the country’s income and that is why you pay an extra contribution on entry to visit Cambodia and entrance fees at the tourist attractions are very high. The sights are breathtaking and visiting temples are certainly one of the highlights in this country. With the classical style of Khmer architecture, they are unique buildings belonging to the historical empire of Khmer.
The first and most important monument built in the twelfth century is the Angkor Wat, a large temple complex and also the largest religious monument in the world. It owns a land of no less than 400 square kilometers. This means that you can view the complex for days, but as a tourist you will probably not have time for this. The Angkor Wat is the main temple of the complex and therefore the most important and impressive. Angkor is the ancient state and capital of the Khmer Empire. The building is impressive in many ways and in its own style. A perfect place to relax and realize what people were able to build more than 800 years ago, which we can now enjoy as tourists.
This is an old city with huge walls in the style of the Khmer. Especially the entrance gates are known and I attract many tourists. The buildings are reasonably well preserved from the old days and within the walls in the old town you can also visit beautiful preserved monuments. An example of this is the Ta Keo temple. Just seeing the temple already makes it a special building. It is possible to climb to the top for a magnificent view.
Before you visit Cambodia you should think about…
The temples are all very sacred places and therefore it is very important to behave in this area. It’s the same when you’re in a church. Be aware that you wear well-covered clothing and do not walk into the monument too naked. This is all a sign of respect from Cambodian culture. In addition, as mentioned before, Cambodia is a very poor country. You have probably experienced it before if you often travel to such countries, but children are used to beg or to get money from tourists. As difficult as it is not to give something to these poor children, they are sent on their way by their ‘boss’. And in the end, this person is the recipient of all this money. Pointing your finger is very rude in this culture and you should not do this! If you want to point or point something out, do so with your whole hand or try to name it. Walking hand in hand with your partner and doing romantic things in public is also not appropriate in this culture.
Apply for your visa easily
Applying for a Cambodia visa is very easy. It is important to arrange this in time so that you are admitted for your holiday. The process is completely online and can be arranged within a few minutes. The validity of the visa is 90 days.