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Cambodia – A Quick Look – Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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The '''' Kingdom of Cambodia'''' is the official English name of the country. The English '''' Cambodia'''' is an anglicisation of the French '''' Cambodge'''' , which in turn is the French transliteration of the Khmer kampuciə. Kampuchea is the shortened alternative to the country'''' s official name in Khmer.

Once one of the ancient world’s most glorious kingdoms. The mighty Khmer Empire ruled from Southeast Asia’s Cambodia what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Today, it is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, due to its legacy and trove of spectacular, centuries old temples near Siem Reap, as well as its heavenly. islands, untrammeled rain forest and lively, exciting capital city, Phnom Penh.

In past decades, it was a challenging destination for leisure travellers. Now, the country has made tremendous strides and has developed an environment that is as attractive to luxury seeking guests as well as adventurous ones.

Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat has become a bucket list experience for many people and there are a number of opulent hotels ready to cater to visitors. However Cambodia has so much more to offer. Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat is a truly an unforgettable experience that makes for spectacular photos. If you are on this type of tour, arrive early to beat the crowds and midday heat.

There are wild jungles where eco-travel reigns supreme and pristine crescents of sand in the south, and the capital itself is not to be missed. With its incredible location, Cambodia can be visited alone or in an incredible trip through Thailand and Vietnam, or at the end of a cruise.

Where to stay near Angkor Wat.

With over a thousand temples dotting its environs, fast-growing Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia remains the number one reason tourists visit Cambodia.

Anatara Angkor Resort

This is full of Cambodian art and hewed from gleaming, polished wood. The 39-suite hideaway feels more like a super-sized private villa or home than a hotel. Friendly staff offer a slew of unique cultural activities from cooking classes to gallery visits, a farm-to-table restaurant and a central courtyard pool. If you want to splash out then relax in the Henri Mahout Suite, a two-bedroom extravaganza of Thai silk and bold colours.

Amansara

Delving deeply into local culture the Aman way, Amansara occupies a re-kitted 1960s guesthouse commissioned by King Norodom Sihanouk. With 24 understated suites, the elegant property invokes an archaeological camp vibe a bit like an adventure film set. Choose one of the 12 pool suites each complete with its own plunge pool and private courtyard designed to meld the interiors with the terrain.

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