Cambodia has become a democratic developing country since the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, it is a country in Southeast Asia that borders Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River Tonl' M'kong and Tonl' Sap Lake.
Cambodia's internal turmoil and past wars has been left the beautiful country with a totally devastated infrastructure. Many are still struggling to achieve a decent standard of living. However, in less than 20 years, the world has recognised Cambodia as one of the most sought after tourist sites as it offers one of the ancient wonders, Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on the planet. Built in a process that lasts almost 4 centuries, this magnificent ancient city has been abandoned and hidden by the forest. Rediscovered by a French man about 150 years ago, Angkor Wat has become one of the most visited archaeological and artistic site on the planet. Angkor Wat, 'City of Temple', reflected the intricate classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia and it is the country's prime tourist attraction. Angkot Wat has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site and has joined in the ranks of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Siem Reap is one of the most famous cities in Cambodia and has become one of top tourist destination in Asia with more than a million tourists locally and from all over the world. As a gateway to famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has risen to an admirable international tourism destination. Siem Reap will take you back in time; muddy roads with potholes in some areas, wooden houses on stilts by the river and charming street vendors selling their wares. At night, the city becomes alive with foreign music and the bustling night.
Local Cambodians are extremely friendly, easygoing and welcome foreigners with their open arms despite their living situation which we in the western world would call poverty. In many ways you will find Cambodians trying to make the best of what life has to offer. They are very resourceful, and their unconditional hospitality will make you want to come back for more. You'll be awed by their smiles and sincerity. The slow pace of life shows their great appreciation of what they have gone though in the past.
Climate and Weather
The best time to be in Cambodia is from May to October. The humid south western monsoon brings rain mostly in the afternoon. Many of the temples have water features which are full during this time. The temperature around this time ranges from 26 -30C mark (around 76 - 88F). December to April is the driest period in Cambodia with plenty of sunshine and temperatures often range from 30 - 40C (105F). April is the hottest month.