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A peek into Cambodia …. to help you design your next escape….
Country in Asia
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest lie ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as “Cambodian” or “Khmer,” though the latter strictly refers to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer extraction, but the country also has a substantial number of predominantly Muslim Cham, as well as ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and small animist hill tribes.
The country borders Thailand to its west and northwest, Laos to its northeast, and Vietnam to its east and southeast. In the south it faces the Gulf of Thailand. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong river and the Tonlé Sap lake, an important source of fish.
Agriculture has long been the most important sector of the Cambodian economy, with around 59% of the population relying on agriculture for their livelihood (with rice the principal crop). Garments, tourism, and construction are also important.
Tourism in CambodiaSiem ReapBattambang Province The tourism industry is the country’s second-greatest source of hard currency after the textile industry.
Tourism has been one of Cambodia’s triple pillar industries. The Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap province, the beaches in Sihanoukville and the capital city Phnom Penh are the main attractions for foreign tourists.
Cambodia’s tourist souvenir industry employs a lot of people around the main places of interest. Obviously, the quantity of souvenirs that are produced is not sufficient to face the increasing number of tourists and a majority of products sold to the tourists on the markets are imported from China, Thailand and Vietnam.Some of the locally produced souvenirs include:
- Krama (traditional scarf)
- Ceramic works
- Soap, candle, spices
- Wood carving, lacquerware, silverplating
- Painted bottles containing infused rice wine
There are many temples around Cambodia to see. Both men and women should make sure to have their shoulders and knees covered – and head uncovered – when entering the temples out of respect.
- Explore the Cardamom mountains for jungle trekking and waterfalls. Walk in S.E. Asia’s largest mangrove forest. Hang out on white sand beaches, all in Koh Kong
- Laze on the beach in Sihanoukville.
- Enjoy the river and peace in Kampot
- Visit the temples of Angkornear Siem Reap
- Get far off the beaten track with a motorcycle tour which will take you into some of the most remote parts of the country.
- Visit the Royal Palace, National Museum and Toul Sleng Museum In Phnom Penh
- Enjoy one of the last natural Island, Rabbit Island of Kep
- Koh Rong, Sihanoukville (5hrs by boat from Sihanoukville). The islands of Cambodia are what Thailand was 15 years ago. Currently, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloeum are the only islands accessible to the public with any development. Koh Rong, the bigger of the two, has a growing backpacker presence but, to date (December 2014), still has 78 sq. kms of jungle, 30 untouched beaches, 4 fishing villages, and fewer than 10 bungalow guesthouses. Koh Rong Samloeum is just as beautiful as its bigger cousin, but quieter and less developed and caters more to mid-range tourists.
CITIES TO SEE
- Phnom Penh— the capital
- Banlung— far northeastern provincial capital located near some great waterfalls and national parks
- Battambang— the second biggest town of Cambodia
- Kampot— town between the capital and Sihanoukville and gateway to the Bokor National Park
- Koh Kong— small border crossing town near the Thai border
- Kompong Thom— access to less well known (and less crowded) ancient temples and other sites
- Kratie— relaxed river town in the north-east on the Mekong, and an excellent place to get a close look at endangered river dolphins
- Siem Reap— the access point for Angkor Wat
- Sihanoukville— seaside town in the south, also known as Kompong Som
DESTINATIONs TO SEE
- Angkor Archaeological Park— home of the imposing ruins of ancient Khmer civilization
- Bokor National Park— ghostly former French hill resort
- Kampong Cham— nice countryside village on the Mekong river and good place to meet real Cambodia
- Kep— a seaside area which pre-dates Sihanoukville as the main beach resort in Cambodia; slowly being re-discovered by travellers
- Krek— a small village on the backpacker trail between Kratie and Kampong Cham
- Koh Ker— more ancient ruins, north of Angkor
- Poipet— gritty border town that most overland visitors to Angkor pass through
- Preah Vihear— cliff-top temple pre-dating Angkor
- Tonle Sap Lake— huge lake with floating villages and Southeast Asia’s premier bird sanctuary
- The countries of Southeast Asia are greatly diverse. With improved travel links, multi-country cycling is a popular way to explore the ancient and modern wonders of the region. On our multi-country tours, you’ll explore historic temples, relax on spectacular beaches, experience buzzing cities, and cycle among the best biking tour guides deep into the SE Asian countryside.
- We at Iquest Adventures genuinely believe that cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is the best way to experience Asia. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes and, most importantly, to have some fun.
- Cycling is a major part of our trips – they are cycle tours after all. All of our tours accommodate the preferences of the participating cyclists. Different trips will require varying degrees of physical ability. Specific details on terrain, cycling conditions, distances covered each day and altitude will be discussed prior to your biking adventure.
- Remember, we’re here to make your Indochina experience the best it can be. We understand that while biking allows unique access to the countryside, it can also be tiring! All of our trips are fully supported, We design each tour to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you.
The natural landscape of Vietnam ranges from the fertile, green paddy fields of the Mekong Delta in the south, to long stretches of sandy beaches along the coastal area, with highlands and mountains in the north. A warm and friendly people will welcome you as you explore quiet villages and bustling cities and experience a unique blend of rich heritage and modern tourist facilities.
- Official name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- Population: 90,730,000 (estimated 2014)
- Capital city: Hanoi (6 million); Ho Chi Minh City (8 million)
- Area: 332,698 km2
- Administrative units: Vietnam is divided into 64 provinces and cities.
- Weather: Sub-tropical climate with four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) in the North and two seasons (dry and rainy) in the south.
- Time zone: GMT +7
- Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai
- Currency: The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is the official currency.
Cycling in Vietnam:
Vietnam has become one of the best destination for cycling tours in Indochina.Hanoi, it’s charming capital, has a lot of character of Vietnam with its old building where Ho Chi Minh City is modern and bustling. Combine with Hanoi, it is truly a good discovery by bicycle to Sapa and Halong Bay. From Hanoi, it is worth to have a beach break in the central part of Hoi An, and the other two old towns of Hue and Danang before heading to Ho Chi Minh City. Exploring Mekong Delta on bike is one of the best trip in Vietnam to see the lives of the people along the Mekong River and take the boat trip in Chau Doc. Vientam Cycling also offer combination cycling trips Thailand to Vietnam through Cambodia, and Laos. It is worth to visit Indochina on bike.
Vietnam’s number of visitors for tourism and vacation has increased steadily over the past ten years. The government and private enterprises are investing capital into the coastal regions that are already popular for their beaches and boat tours. Besides those regular tours, Vietnam is perhaps one of the best countries for cycling vacations. It gives travellers more chances to see the countryside and experience local life, compared with other methods of travel.
Popular destinations include: Hanoi, Saigon, Phong Nha, Hue (the old imperial capital), World Heritage Sites like Hoi An and the Cham temples of Mỹ Sơn, the coastal city of Nha Trang, the caves of Ha Long Bay, the Marble Mountains, and the Mekong Delta.
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