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Cambodia Travel Guide
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'A pearl in an unopened oyster'

The allure of an un-spoilt and little explored country is for many travellers irresistible. Cambodia is slowly becoming a top destination on the South East Asia travel map as it emerges from a violent past of atrocities, war and political instability. The temples of the 'Lost City’ of Angkor in Northern Cambodia are an overpowering attraction that, despite the dangers of unexploded landmine's and the risk of rural banditry, is a must-see for the traveller.

Cambodia today is the successor kingdom of the vast Khmer Empire which ruled most of what is today Vietnam, Thailand and Laos from the 9th to 14th centuries. Although the country doesn't’t have the same number of attractions as some of its neighbours, it is said that the Khmer people are the friendliest and most likeable in the region. Cambodia can be a great experience of jovial conversations, polite bows and smiles, as well as a journey of intriguing history. One can also experience the charms of the French-era capital city Phnom Penh, visit the of the Killing Fields or float past sleepy riverside locations on a boat ride.

The scenery of lush green forests and jungle, banana plantations, fields of agriculture and mighty rivers captivates many a traveller. Cambodia is a country with a large rural population with simple lifestyles. Fast and efficient transport or luxurious hotels and resort living is in the emerging stages. Though infrastructure is not a commonly used word and getting between point A and B can be half the fun, it sits like a pearl in an unopened oyster, with world class attractions with areas still awaiting discovery, deserted golden beaches and islands inviting exploration by the enterprising traveller.

Warning

Cambodia is on a road to recovery, but there is a potential for petty crime, sporadic violence, banditry, landmine's and unexploded ordnance. With up to 6 million un detonated mines dotted around the countryside, Cambodia is 1 of the world's most heavily mined countries.

Outbreaks of violence still occur, so stay away from demonstrations and political gatherings. Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Siem Reap provinces are the most heavily mined regions. A local guide is highly recommended, as it is sticking to the beaten track - even at the Angkor Temples.

Avoid travelling alone during daytime hours outside provincial towns, and in all parts of the country at night. Street crime is a problem in Phnom Penh - be cautious at night and travel by taxi. Avoid using motos or cyclos. The risk of general banditry is high in the region between Kratie, Snuol and Stung Treng, due to the illegal logging that goes on in the area.
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