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    Main view of Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia
    The Angkor Wat temple complex in the ancient capital of Angkor in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world.
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    Destination Cambodia, a virtual guide to Kampuchea (the local name for the country). The country is located in the southeastern part of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, it is bordered by Vietnam to the east and south, Laos in northeast, Thailand in west/northwest, and by the Gulf of Thailand in west.

    With an area of 181,000 km2 Cambodia is about half the size of Germany or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oklahoma.

    Cambodia has a population of about 14.6 million people (in 2013). Capital city is Phnom Penh. Spoken languages are predominantly (90%) Khmer, a Mon–Khmer language, and Vietnamese (5%).

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    Country Profile

    Following a five-year struggle, communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh in 1975 and ordered the evacuation of all cities and towns; over 1 million displaced people died from execution or enforced hardships.

    A 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside and touched off 13 years of fighting.
    UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy, as did the rapid diminishment of the Khmer Rouge in the mid-1990s.

    A coalition government, formed after national elections in 1998, brought renewed political stability and the surrender of remaining Khmer Rouge forces.
    (Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

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    Official Name:
    Preah Réachéanachâkr Kâmpuchea
    short form: Kampuchea
    int'l long form: Kingdom of Cambodia
    int'l short form: Cambodia
    Former: Khmer Republic, Kampuchea Republic

    ISO Country Code: kh, khm
    Actual Time: Sat-Nov-7  14:59
    Local Time = UTC +7
    Cambodia does not operate Daylight-Saving Time (TBC)

    Country Calling Code: +855

    Capital: Phnom Penh (pop 1.2 million. est.)

    Other Cities:
    Ta Khmau, Battambang, Serei Saophoan, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Poipet, Kampot.

    Type: Constitutional Monarchy
    The Royal Cambodian Government (RCG), a constitutional monarchy formed on the basis of elections internationally recognized as free and fair, was established on 24 September 1993.
    Head of State: His Majesty Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom Sihamoni.

    Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
    Area: 181,035 km2 (69,900 sq. mi.)
    Terrain: Central plain drained by the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and Mekong and Bassac Rivers. Heavy forests away from the rivers and the lake, mountains in the southwest (Cardamom Mountains) and north (Dangrek Mountains) along the border with Cambodia.

    Tropical monsoon with rainy season June-Oct. and dry season Nov.-May.

    Nationality: Cambodian(s), Khmer
    Population: 14.6 million (2013)
    GNI per capita PPP: $ 2 116 (year)
    Ethnic groups: Cambodian 90%; Chinese and Vietnamese 5% each; Burmese, small numbers of hill tribes like Chams and Khmer Loeu.
    Religions: Thearavada Buddhism 95% (official); Islam, Christianity, animism, atheism.
    Languages: Khmer (official) spoken by more than 95% of the population; some French still spoken; English increasingly popular as a second language.
    Literacy: 35%.

    Natural resources: abundant natural bio-diversity, oil and gas, timber, gemstones, some iron ore, manganese, phosphates, hydropower potential.

    Agriculture products: Rice, rubber, corn, coffee, vegetables, cashews, tapioca.

    Industries: Tourism, textiles and garments, Beverage, Food Processing, rice milling, fishing, wood and wood products, rubber, cement, gem mining.

    Exports - commodities: clothing, timber, rubber, rice, fish, tobacco, footwear

    Exports partners: USA 23.1%, UK 8.8%, Germany 8.2%, Japan 7.4%, Canada 6.7%, China 5.1%, Vietnam 5%, Thailand 4.9%, Netherlands 4.1% (2015)

    Imports - commodities: petroleum products, fabrics, vehicles, wholesale yarn, cigarettes, electrical communications equipment and medicine.

    Imports partners: Thailand 28.7%, China 22.2%, Vietnam 16.4%, Hong Kong 6.1%, Singapore 5.7% (2015)

    Currency: Riel (KHR)

    Cambodia in Figures
    Cambodia key statistical data.

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    Official Sites of Cambodia

    royal  His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni
    Official site of their Majesties Norodom Sihanouk and Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.

    Samdech Hunsen Prime Minister of Cambodia
    Official site of the Lord Prime Minister and Supreme Military Commander.

    National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia
    Official site of the Cambodian parliament. (Khmer only)

    Senate of Cambodia
    The Cambodian Senate is the upper house of the Parliament of Cambodia.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
    Official website of the ministry.

    Cambodia Ministry of Information
    Official website of the ministry.

    Diplomatic Missions
    Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United Nations
    Cambodian Embassy to Switzerland and Cambodia's representation to the UN at Geneva.
    Royal Cambodian Embassy in the U.S.
    Cambodian Embassy, Washington.
    Cambodian Embassies Abroad
    List of Embassies of Cambodia abroad.
    Foreign Embassies in Cambodia
    List of Foreign Embassies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    National Institute of Statistics
    Cambodia in figures.


    profile Map of Cambodia
    Political Map of Cambodia.
    profile Administrative Map of Cambodia
    Map of Cambodia showing the country's administrative divisions.
    Google Earth Google Earth Cambodia
    Searchable map and satellite view of Cambodia.
    Google Earth Google Earth Phnom Penh
    Searchable map and satellite view of Cambodia's capital city.
    Google Earth Google Earth Angkor
    Searchable map and satellite view of the ruins of Angkor.

    Map of Southeast Asia
    Map of the Southeast Asia region.
    profile Map of Asia
    Political Map of Asia.

    Royal  Palace complex in Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh Royal Palace, home to Cambodian kings, the palace complex was built in 1866.
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    Agence Kampuchea Presse
    Local News in Khmer, English and French.
    Cambodia New Vision
    Official news published by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.
    Khmer Kampong Speu
    Cambodian portal with local news.
    Phnom Penh Post
    Cambodia's daily English-language newspaper.

    Cambodian TV with local and international news (in Khmer).
    Online TV from Cambodia.
    Cambodian Television and radio channels.

    International News Sources
    BBC News Country Profile: Cambodia
    With links to Cambodia related news and background information.
    Reuters AlertNet - Cambodia recovery
    Reuters news.

    Human Rights
    Amnesty International: Cambodia
    Amnesty International Reports.
    Human Rights Watch: Cambodia
    Background Briefings.

    Press freedom
    Reporters sans frontières - Cambodia
    Annual report 2017 about Press freedom in the country.


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    Dancers at Angor Wat on screen of Cambodian BTV News Channel.

    Arts & Culture

    National Museum of Cambodia
    The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.

    Cambodian Information Center
    About Cambodia and its people.

    Khmer Art History
    About Khmer artwork by the National Museum of Cambodia.

    Cambodia Culture and Information
    Site about Cambodia, Cambodian culture and Khmer Lifestyle.

    Download Cambodian Music.

    Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia
    Sculptures of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia, a virtual exhibition by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

    Weaves of Cambodia
    A community of determined land mine survivors is creating a sustainable income through traditional weaving.

    Angkor Wat, Cambodia
    Khmer relief at Angkor Wat
    Image: nationsonline.org


    Business & Economy

    Tourism, garment, construction, real estate, and agriculture sectors are the bacbone of Cambodia's economy. About 10% of the labor force, the majority are women, are employed in the garment and footwear sector. Tourism has continued to grow rapidly, about half a million people are employed in the tourism sector. But the country remains one of the poorest nations in Asia. The population lacks education and productive skills, particularly in the impoverished countryside.

    Phnom Penh Chamber of Commerce (PPCC)


    Apsara International Air (no website)
    Apsara Air currently operates flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor).
    Bassaka Air
    Bassaka Air operates also flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
    Cambodia Angkor Air
    The national flag carrier of Cambodia.
    Cambodia Bayon Airlines
    Cambodia Bayon Airlines is based in Phnom Penh, a subsidiary of the Chinese carrier Joy Air.
    Sky Angkor Airlines
    Sky Angkor's main hub is at Siem Reap International Airport, it operates flights to destinations in China and South Korea.

    Cambodia Airports
    Gateway to Cambodia's international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanouk (Kaong Kang).
    Prasat Bayon temple complex Angkor
    The face towers of the Bayon temple complex in Angkor represent the king as the Bodhisattva Avalokite?vara, the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.
    Image: nationsonline.org

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information

    Destination Cambodia - Country Guides

    Destination Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Battambang, Bayon, Mekong River, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Royal Palace

    Cambodia Tourism
    Ministry of Tourism website with information on tourist attractions,
    Cambodian events & festivals.

    Tourism of Cambodia
    The official Site for Tourism of Cambodia provides information and tools for tourist to Cambodia.

    Cambodia Information Center
    This page is dedicated to Cambodia.

    Life in Cambodia
    Somewhat outdated guide by Rich Garella.

    Angkor Wat
    Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap
    Official website of the authority for Khmer temple complex of Angkor.

    Angkor Wat Photos
    Images of Angkor Wat archaeological complex by Valeska Gehrmann.

    City Guides
    Phnom Penh
    The City of Phnom Penh.

    Village Leap
    Visit the silk weavers of Robib, six smaller villages nine hours north of Phnom Penh.
    Tour Operators
    Amazing AngkorWat Service
    Private local tour operator.

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cambodia
    World Heritage Site Angkor
    Angkor in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia and Cambodia's most important tourist attraction.

    World Heritage Site Temple of Preah Vihear
    Preah Vihear Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The temple is situated in the Dangrêk Mountains at the Thai-Cambodian border, it was built during the time of the Khmer Empire which last for more than six-centuries. The Temple of Preah Vihear is one of the many Khmer temples built in the region and a part of one of the most extensive pre-industrial urban settlements in the world.
    Angkor Wat images
    Angkor Wat Photos
    by Valeska Gehrmann


    Cambodia Rural School Project
    American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC)/ Japan Relief for Cambodia (JRfC) are independent nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for the youth and rural poor in Cambodia.

    Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC)
    RAC was established in 1965, it is the national academy and university of Cambodia.

    Royal University of Agriculture
    RUA was founded in 1964, it offers a Master program in agriculture and related fields.

    Royal University of Fine Arts
    University of Architecture and Urbanism, Archaeology, Choreographic Arts, Music and Visual Arts. (in Cambodian)

    Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE)
    RULE was established in 1948 as the National Institute of Law, Politics and Economics. It currently is offering undergraduate degree programs in the fields of law, economics, accounting and banking.

    National University of Management (NUM)
    NUM offers degrees in Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Economics.

    Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP)
    Established in 1960, it is Cambodia’s oldest and largest university located in Phnom Penh. RUPP offers degrees in sciences, humanities and social sciences, as well as in information technology, electronics, psychology and tourism.

    University of Cambodia
    A private higher education institution.

    Environment & Nature

    The Mekong River Commission
    An Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
    An interactive system for sharing information and knowledge about participatory natural resource management (NRM) in the Lower Mekong Basin.


    Beauty and Darkness: Cambodia in Modern History
    The Odyssey of the Khmer People.
    Cambodian Genocide Program
    Documentation by the Yale University.
    Cambodian Histories
    Short History of Cambodia by the Tourism Office of Cambodia.
    Documentation Center of Cambodia
    Documentation of the Khmer Rouge Genocide - Searching for the Truth.
    Khmer History
    History of the Khmer Empire.

    The National Library of Cambodia
    Article about the National Library of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, close to the National Archives of Cambodia (NAC).

    Sources and additional Information on Cambodia

    Amnesty International: Cambodia

    BBC Country Profile: Cambodia

    GlobalEDGE: Cambodia

    The Heritage Foundation: Cambodia

    Human Rights Watch: Cambodia

    OEC: Cambodia

    Reporters Without Borders: Cambodia

    Wikipedia: Cambodia

    The World Factbook -- Cambodia
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