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Bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is a country found in the Indochina peninsula of Southeast Asia with a population of around 15 million inhabitants. The Cambodian capital is Phnom Penh. Once known as the 'Pearl of Asia', Phnom Penh was founded in 1434 and sits on the banks of the Mekong River.

Cambodia has its origins in the coalescence of a number of Indianised states, which merged into what is now known as modern-day Cambodia across the first five centuries.

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The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is perhaps one of the biggest points of interest in the country. Full of enchanting buildings from a variety of different cultures, Phnom Penh boasts an array of attractions and monuments. One of these attractions is the magnificent Royal Palace. This structure, constructed in authentic Cambodian style, was built in the 19th century and is the residence of the king of Cambodia. It's golden gilding and Khmer decorations recall a storied past and the interiors offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Cambodia's royal family.

Another landmark worth visiting is the astonishing Russian market in the centre of the city. A treasure trove of traditional Cambodian gifts, fake-branded clothing and souvenirs, this enormous marketplace is made up of labyrinthine streets and alleys and is a feast for the eyes and ears, offering a myriad of smells, sights and sounds unique to the Cambodian capital. The national museum of Cambodia is also found in Phnom Penh and offers a comprehensive and detailed exploration of this turbulent and diverse country's history.

For a truly historic experience, there are few places in the world like the ancient Angkor Wat temple in northern Cambodia. The largest religious temple in the world, Angkor Wat dates back to the 12th century and is a centre for Buddhism. The temple is considered as a prime example of Khmer architecture, feature intricate and decorative carving combined with the majestic grandeur of its exterior. Angkor Wat is of enormous national importance; its visage appears on the Cambodian flag and it remains Cambodia's premier attraction.

Royal Palace At Phnom Penh

Cambodian Cuisine

Cambodian cuisine is based mostly around rice and freshwater fish. Rice is considered to be a staple of the Cambodian diet and is consumed with most meals. Prahok ktis is a typical Cambodian dish taking the form of a spicy dip made from minced pork and a traditional fish paste known as prahok.

Another Cambodian offering is Nom banh chok: this dish is made up of rice noodles drizzled with green gravy alongside a variety of green vegetables. A popular dessert is Nom Lort which is a made up of rice flour in milk, water and sugar and sold by street vendors and restaurants alike.

Cambodian Cuisine

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