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Are you a nature lover, do you love hiking, off the beaten track villages or do you like discovering essential sites? iLOTUS TOURS, a local travel agency, was born to make your dreams come true.

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Overview of Cambodia

  • Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia 
  • Regime: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Area: 181, 035km2  
  • Capital: Phnom Penh (2 million inhabitants)
  • Official languages: Khmer, but English and French are widely spoken
  • National Holiday: November 9 (anniversary of Cambodia’s independence in 1953)
  • Population: over 15 million
  • Religion: Theravada Buddhism is practiced by the majority of the population. 
  • Main cities: Battambang, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap 

Cambodia is acclaimed as an always-smiling nation. From the tropical jungle to the southern beach and the Tonle Sap Lake, this country has satisfied both the tourists looking for leisure travel and those who are into adventure travel. Nature reserves are home to exotic wildlife. Tourists can explore the real nature in different ways, either by boat, on foot or even on elephants. Meanwhile, for beach lovers, Cambodia is a must-see country with majestic deep blue ocean and pristine white sand on the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. 

A glimpse into history

The history of Cambodia is so rich that it’s difficult to put it in a few words. However, being aware of major events will allow you to fully grasp this kingdom, where ancient and modern worlds collide, and embark on an amazing adventure. 
It is believed that the country was first inhabited by human beings at least 40,000 years ago.  Around 5000 BC, more people from China, Mon and Khmer ancestors started to settle down in this area. From the 1st century, the Khmer Empire started to flourish along the coast. From the 3rd to 6th century, the Khmer Kingdom of Chenla was the vassal of Funan, a kingdom of the Mekong Delta. During this time, elements of Indian culture had significantly influenced every aspect of Cambodian people’s life, from language to religion. The history of Cambodia had turned to a new page by the late 7th century as the prince Jayavarman began to consolidate the kingdom. He founded the dynasty called Angkor. The 9th century marked the beginning of the golden age of the Khmer empire, Jayavarman II unified the Khmer princes and freed the empire from the Javanese. During its heyday, Angkor was a powerful kingdom that dominated the mainland Southeast Asia. 
In the 12th century, the empire encompassed a large part of Thailand, a part of Vietnam and Laos. However, the struggles between Hindus and Buddhists, between monks, Khmer and Cham eventually led the kingdom to decline. The Siamese ended up taking power in Cambodia until the 19th century. In 1863, the Cambodian king, fearful of Thai intentions, asked France to provide protection for his kingdom. This has brought Cambodia to the edges of the developed world. After Cambodia gained its independence from France in 1953, it entered a short period of peace and prosperity, which was the golden age in many older Khmer’s eyes. By the late 1960s, the Khmer Communist Party had taken up arms. In 1970, a military “coup d'état” precipitated Cambodia in a civil war that killed more than 300,000 people.
In April 1975, the Khmer Rouge took power. From then, the country underwent a tragic period of time with more than 3 million people being killed by Pol Pot’s forces. 
In 1991, Norodom Sihanouk was elected to become the president by the Supreme National Council. 
Norodom Sihanouk becomes King of Cambodia and Norodom Ranadiddh and Hun Sen share the seat of prime minister. Khmer Rouge guerrillas continued sporadically until 1996.

Cambodia Travel Ideas & Inspiration

13 days
CROSSING UNKNOWN LANDS
CambodiaOff beaten track
Da 1505€/pers
CROSSING UNKNOWN LANDS

A journey far from mass tourism, passing through Siem Reap

12 days
IMMERSION IN KHMER CULTURE
CambodiaClassic
Da 1382€/pers
IMMERSION IN KHMER CULTURE

From Siem Reap grandiose temples to the lakeside villages on Tonle Sap

13 days
ETHNIC MOSAIC OF CAMBODIA
CambodiaOff beaten track
Da 1491€/pers
ETHNIC MOSAIC OF CAMBODIA

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The Sambor Prei Kuk complex in Kampong Thom

6 days
STROLLING IN THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR PARK
CambodiaClassic
Da 690€/pers
STROLLING IN THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR PARK

The gateway to Angkor temples, is considered as the “tourist capital" of Cambodia

12 days
RUN OF MEKONG-CAMBODIA
CambodiaCombined
Da 1380€/pers
RUN OF MEKONG-CAMBODIA

The Mekong is legendary ... A connection amongs China, Laos, Cambodia

15 days
FROM HALONG BAY TO THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR - CAMBODIA
CambodiaCombined
Da 1677€/pers
FROM HALONG BAY TO THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR - CAMBODIA

The magic of Halong Bay, Tam Coc postcard picture, the old-fashioned charm of the streets

22 days
INDOCHINESE ETHNIC GROUPS IN CAMBODIA
CambodiaCombined
Da 2443€/pers
INDOCHINESE ETHNIC GROUPS IN CAMBODIA

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: three countries, three stories, three wonders!

3 days
TREKKING ON SACRED MOUNTAIN IN CAMBODIA
CambodiaTrekking
Da 343€/pers
TREKKING ON SACRED MOUNTAIN IN CAMBODIA

Three days of walking in lush nature to explore lost temples,

12 days
ON THE SECRET PATHS OF CAMBODIA
CambodiaHiking
Da 1404€/pers
ON THE SECRET PATHS OF CAMBODIA

From temples of Angkor to the Royal Palace, from lakeside villages to primitive forests,

Spotlight destination

Aprasa dance – a symbol of Cambodian culture

This dance is a true symbol of Cambodian culture  which has rooted in Hindu and Buddhist mythologies....

Khmer Monk's blessing ceremony

Cambodian poeple pay a special attention to the blessing given by one of their monks. For them, holy water takes away the unhappiness, strengthens the soul and attracts a good fortune.

Experiencing bamboo train in Battambang

This "bamboo train" was created in the 1980s by local people to transport villagers and goods in the region.....

Overnight homestay in Kampong Kleng village

Located on the shore of Tonle Sap lake, at 50km from Siem Reap, Kampong Kleng village is well frequented by foreign tourists....

Hiking on the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen

About 50 km from Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen is one of the sacred mountains of Cambodia....

Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap

Discover Cambodia's culture of the arts with an hour show of the Circus in Siem Reap...

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