Overland Journeys: Indochina

Reminders of two historical periods will dominate a visit to Cambodia - the glorious remains of the great Khmer civilisation at Angkor and the harrowing memorials to the brutal genocide of the 1970s. The temples at Angkor are one of the great historical sites in the world and a highlight of any trip to south-east Asia, a magnificent testament to the Khmer Empire of the 9th to 15th centuries. From one of humanity's great achievements to one of its darkest chapters - the Killing Fields and the genocide memorials are disturbing and moving testimonies to the brutality of Pol Pot and his regime. After all the historical exploration, there's the chance to unwind in the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville, far from the tourist crowds in neighbouring Thailand. Explore in depth highlights of Cambodia.

Travel Information for Cambodia
Time zone:GMT +7 (Southeast Asia time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Khmer
Other languages:English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese
Currency: riels (KHR)

1 = 0.00, $1 = 4200, £1 = 5585

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.khInternational Dialling Code:    855

For help planning your trip to Cambodia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Cambodia trip planning page.

Further information on Cambodia

Discover more about Cambodia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of cambodia

Total area: 181,040 sq km (4,520 sq km under water)

Coastline: 443 km (Gulf of Thailand)

Neighbours (border lengths): Laos (541km), Thailand (803km), Vietnam (1,228km)

Climate: Tropical climate with a rainy, monsoon season between May and October and a dry season between November and April. There is little seasonal temperature variation.

Highest mountain: Phnum Aoral (1,810m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Cambodia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 103/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 110/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 137/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 156/174
Overall Ranking:    140/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Kingdom of Cambodia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 15,458,332 (rank: 68/196)     Density: 85.3 people/sq km (rank: 94/196)

Ethnic groups: Khmer 90%, Vietnamese 5%, Chinese 1%, other 4%

Religions: Theravada Buddhist 95%, other 5%

GDP (PPP): $39.64 billion       GDP per capita: $2,600 (rank: 152/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.