Top tip: Keep to the roads and start before the Angkor sun
Cambodia shares borders in the north with Laos and Thailand, in the east with Vietnam and in the Southwest with the Gulf of Thailand.
The landscape comprises tropical rainforest and fertile cultivated land with lots of rivers. In the Northeast there are highlands. At the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers lies the capital. In the centre of the country is a large inland lake also called Tonle Sap, the source of the Tonle Sap river run. There are also numerous offshore islands along the Southwest coast.
Cambodia has a typical monsoon climate and the monsoon season is from May to October. In the north winters can be colder, while throughout most of the country temperatures remain fairly constant.
Facts and Figures
|Area||181,035 sq km (69,898 sq miles).|
|Population||14,805,358 (2011 estimate)|
|Capital||Phnom Penh – population 2,234,566 (2011)|
|Language||Khmer is the official language spoken by 95 per cent of the population. Chinese and Vietnamese are also spoken. French was widely spoken until the arrival of the Pol Pot regime and is still taught in schools, but English is now a more popular language to learn among the younger generation.|
|Religion||90 per cent Buddhist (Therauda), the remainder Muslim and Christian. Buddhism was reinstated as the national religion in 1998 after a ban on religious activity in 1975.|
|Time||GMT + 7|
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