• Cambodia

    Countryside
    Countryside
    Traditional Khmer Dances
    Traditional Khmer Dances
    Phnom Penh
    Phnom Penh

     The history of the Kingdom of Cambodia is a tumultuous, happy and tragic history. Cambodia was born around the 6th century AD. The fourth of the Khmer kings, Brhavavarman, ascended the throne around the year 550 AD.

    Ancient travelers spoke with admiration about this country with its magnificent monuments, treasures filled with jewels, objects carved in ivory or crystal,and its famous Apsaras, the celestial dancers evolving under the shaded porches of the royal city.

     Towards the first half of the thirteenth century, the Khmer Empire was at the peak of its power and splendor. It then extended over a large part of Siam (now Thailand), on Southern Laos, towards the kingdoms of Champa (Central Vietnam) and Cochin China (the present Mekong Delta and the provinces bordering it).

    During that period, and especially in the 12th century, during the reign of Javaryaman VII, Khmer architects and builders conceived and built the city of Angkor. From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, continually torn by conflicts between heirs to the throne, the country became prey to foreign invasions.

    The arrival of the French and the protectorate they established (1863-1954) put an end to the decline of Cambodia. During that period, many territories occupied by Siam were returned to Cambodia.

     After the Second World War, under the combined effect of the rise of nationalism in Cambodia and the French defeat in Indochina, the independence of Cambodia was officially recognized in 1954. After its independence, Cambodia underwent a happy period under the leadership of King Norodom Sihanouk. Phnom Penh became the Pearl of the Far East.

    Yet the military coup of 1970, by General Lon Nol, opened a period of chaos for Cambodian people. The worst was still to come: the bloody regime of the Khmers Rouges. Phnom-Penh fell to them in April 1975 and they then proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Kampuchea. From that date, the Khmers Rouges achieved total control over the country. They carried out a policy of exterminating the elites and emptying the cities. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of the population was wiped out. The genocide carried out by this regime caused three million deaths in four years (by killing, torture, forced labor in rural labor camps and famine), creating an unprecedented trauma among the population.

     The genocide ceased in 1979 and in the early 1990s, under the auspices of UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia), the kingdom entered at last a new period of peace and reconstruction.

    Since the end of Pol Pot’s regime, the Cambodian population has grown steadily and now reaches more than fourteen million, half of them under the age of twenty-five.

    Cambodge 1
    Small village
    Cambodge 5
    Wonder of Cambodia
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    Park of the Royal Palace (Phnom Penh)
  • Formalities

    • Un VISA A visa is required to enter the country. It lasts for30 days and can be obtained upon arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International airports, at road and river crossings (to be checked according to location). Provide a photo ID. Be careful: the passport must have a validity period of more than 6 months on the date of departure from Cambodia. Cost: about 35 USD (may vary slightly).

    • Note: The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has created e-Visa.
      Complete the online form and pay by credit card. Your visa is sent by e-mail (about 3 days). www.evisa.gov.kh
    • For more details, you can check with the Cambodian Embassy in your country.


    • Money and banks, There are 2 official currencies in Cambodia :

      The most commonly used is the US dollar but for small expenses the riel is frequently used

    The Riel: with notes of 100 to 50.000 riels (this currency will be handed back as change when not exceeding ten dollar). The US Dollar. 1 $ = around 4.000 Riels according to the exchange rate.
    Credit cards are accepted in some shops and banks. ATMs are numerous and all deliver $. It is recommended to bring cash (dollars or euros). Dirty or damaged banknotes are refused.
  • Kep

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    Welcome to Kep !
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    In the evening in Kep ...
    Enfants
    Walk on the pontoon...

    Located 170 kilometers south of the capital Phnom Penh, 25 km from Kampot and a few kilometers from Vietnam’s border, Kep is a seaside resort that has been waking up over the past few years. The town was created by the French in 1908 under the name of Kep-Sur-Mer and welcomed the elite of the French colonial society until the 60s. It was called the "Saint Tropez of Cambodia". In the 1970s, it was destroyed by the Khmers Rouges, many colonial villas were ransacked and abandoned.

    After having long been abandoned, it came back to life in the 2000s, welcoming many tourists again. Less known than the major tourist spots, it has retained its authenticity and the population and local authorities wish to protect its natural environment.

    In addition to its National Park, you can visit Rabbit Island and may even stay there for one night. In the vicinity, pagodas and numerous caves are open to the public as well as the pepper plantations, some of the best in the world. And of course, the crab market “Phsar Kdam"is a must where you have to taste the freshly fished seafood and grilled fish and stroll amongst the colourful stalls..

    And at the end of the day, do not forget to admire the sunset over the sea, different and more magical every day!
    Also nearby are Kompong Trach, pepper plantations, the salt marshes and Angkaul Beach (aka the secret beach), Bokor National Park, Teuk Chhou Rapids,...

    Many tours are possible. We are at your disposal to suggest and organize visits according to your wishes. We can also put you in contact with English speaking guides who have been here for several years and who will help you discover Cambodia off the beaten track.

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    Sunset
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    Fishing port
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    Return of fishing
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    Central square, facing the beach
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    The beach
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    The pontoon
  • Cities to Visit

    Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh

    You will no doubt be impressed by all the traffic and the building going on ,yet the city is also known as "the pearl of South East Asia" for its unique colonial buildings, temples, art galleries, museums, international restaurants and bars, mostly on the Quay Sisowath. Lose yourself in its colurful markets, eat the local street food, enjoy the vibe ... in short, no time to get bored in Phnom Penh!
    Battambang

    Battambang

    It is the 2nd city of the country, and yet! Battambang has retained all its charm because its economic development is taking place at a slower pace . Here, it is nice to discover the town on foot or by bike, and to take a tuk-tuk to explore the rich surrounding area. It may give you the opportunity to visit craft workshops where rice cakes are made for example or see the skilled seamstresses weaving kramas (the typical Cambodian scarves), visit a rice wine factory or embark on the bamboo train among other things. if you dream of seeing genuine Cambodia, this is the place to visit!
    To finish it is the city where the most beautiful art galleries of the country can be found.
    Siem Reap

    Siem Reap

    Siem Reap for the unforgettable experience of the Angkor Temples.

    Spend at least 3 days there because you need that time to visit the famous Angkor temples .

    Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, ... put on your hat, take a bottle of water and spend days discovering these remains of the golden years of the Khmer Empire. The temples were built between the 9th and 15th centuries and were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in1992. In the area you can also discover the floating villages of the Tonle Sap lake.
  • The seasons

    The tropical climate

    The tropical climate

    The tropical climate consists of two seasons. The dry season lasts from late November to early June while the rainy season begins in mid-November.
    The dry season

    The dry season

    During the dry season, the humidity decreases and temperatures range from 20 ° in the morning to 35 ° in the afternoon, reaching 40 ° in April. Both seasons are fairly equivalent in length lasting about 6 months. The rainy season extends from June to the end of November to give way to a milder season.
    The periods

    The periods

    If April is the hottest and driest month, December and January are the most pleasant months to visit the country. The very mild temperatures are ideal to discover Cambodia and its riches. The dry season is also the wedding season, marquees are set up in the streets or in the rice fields (dry at that time of the year), prayers are from 4 am and music until midnight!
    The rainy season

    The rainy season

    But the rainy season remains a great period to discover the country too due to the very special and unique atmosphere : the quasi-fluorescent green of the rice fields as far as the eye can see, the great waterfalls, the flooded forests of unparalleled beauty. Apart from early in the season, rainfall is limited and predictable. It rarely lasts more than an hour and usually starts around noon and at the end of the day. In a country where everything revolves around water, this season is also an opportunity to discover a more authentic Cambodia.
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