|Currency: Cambodian Riel (KHR)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 181,035 km² / 69,898 mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: rainforest, beaches, mountains, highlands, coastal lowlands|
|Activities: exploring ancient temples, hiking, diving, snorkeling, wildlife watching, swimming|
Cambodia was once one of the most powerful and important countries in Southeast Asia. Centuries of economic decline, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge and civil unrest have take their toll on this small Buddhist nation. Peace finally came in the early 90s and since then Cambodia and her people have risen from the ashes of the past. The biggest attraction here are the temples that were built by the great empire that dominated this region a thousand or more years ago. Many know Angkor Wat, but there are temples literally scattered across this country. There are also fantastic beaches, idyllic islands, lush jungles, elephants and waterfalls. And while it is not as developed tourism-wise as its neighbors Vietnam and Thailand, you can discover some real gems here.
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Once the capital of Cambodia, Angkor is one of the most celebrated and fascinating archeological wonders on Earth. Located 200 miles northwest of Phnom Penh, on the banks of the Tonle Sap River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is like no other. Nestled around the town of Siem Reap, there are 72 major temples or other buildings within the Angkor Archaeological Park — an area approximately 15 miles (24 km) east to west and 5 miles (8.0 km) north to south. The remains of several hundred additional minor temple sites are scattered throughout the landscape beyond. Only a handful of the temples have been restored and preserved, while others have trees growing across them, and still others are just piles of rubble scattered across grassy fields.