CAMBODIA BASED TRIPS

CAMBODIA’S MODEM-DAY CULTURE HAS ITS ROOTS IN THE 1ST TO 6TH CENTURIES IN A STATE REFERRED TO AS FUNAN, KNOWN AS THE OLDEST INDIANIZED STATE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. IT IS FROM THIS PERIOD THAT EVOLVED CAMBODIA’S LANGUAGE, PART OF THE MON-KHMER FAMILY, WHICH CONTAINS ELEMENTS OF SANSKRIT, ITS ANCIENT RELIGION OF HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM.

EARLY CHINESE WRITERS REFERRED TO A KINGDOM IN CAMBODIA THAT THEY CALLED FUNAN. CAMBODIA HAS A LAND AREA OF 181,035 SQUARE KILOMETERS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE INDOCHINA PENINSULA, ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF WHICH IS USED FOR AGRICULTURE. IT LIES COMPLETELY WITHIN THE TROPICS WITH ITS SOUTHERN MOST POINTS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 10° ABOVE THE EQUATOR. THE COUNTRY CAPITAL CITY IS PHNOM PENH.

 

 

 

BAYON TEMPLE, ANGKOR THOM THE GIANT FACES CARVED ON THE BAYON TEMPLE AT THE ANGKOR THUM COMPLEX IN NORTHWESTERN CAMBODIA REPRESENT BOTH THE BUDDHA AND KING JAYAVARMAN VII (RULED ABOUT 1130-1219). ALTHOUGH A BUDDHIST TEMPLE, ANGKOR THUM WAS MODELED AFTER THE GREAT HINDU TEMPLE COMPLEX OF ANGKOR WAT. THEARAVADA BUDDHISM IS THE OFFICIAL RELIGION IN CAMBODIA WHICH IS PRACTICED BY 95 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION– JUST LIKE THAT OF THAILAND, BURMA, SRI LANKA.

 

 

 

HOWEVER, CHRISTIANITY AND CHAM MUSLIM ARE BEING ACTIVE AND POPULAR AMONG A LARGE NUMBER OF POPULATION AS WELL IN THE CAPITAL AND PROVINCES, SHOWING A SIGN OF GROWTH. DAOISM AND CONFUISM ARE ALSO COMMONLY PRACTICED AMONG THE CHINESE PEOPLE. THE POPULATION OF CAMBODIA TODAY IS ABOUT 10 MILLION. ABOUT 90-95 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE ARE KHMER ETHNIC. THE REMAINING 5-10 PERCENT INCLUDE CHINESE-KHMERS, KHMER ISLAM OR CHAMS, ETHNIC HILL-TRIBE PEOPLE, KNOWN AS THE KHMER LOEU, AND VIETNAMESE. ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION LIVES IN PHNOM PENH, THE CAPITAL, MAKING CAMBODIA LARGELY A COUNTRY OF RURAL DWELLERS, FARMERS AND ARTISANS.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING CAMBODIAN CITIES TO KNOW MORE REGARDING ITS INDIVIDUAL ATTRACTIONS:-