Monday, April 16, 2007

The Kingdom Of Cambodia

Visit Cambodia
By Paul Everton

Map of CambodiaCambodia has an range of almost 181,040 square km (69,900 sq. mi), sharing an 800 kilometre (500 mi) perimeter by applying Thailand on the north and west, a 541 kilometre (306 mi) borderline by having Laos on the northeast, and a 1,228 kilometre (763 mi) borderline by getting Vietnam on the east and southeast. It has 443 kilometres of coastline along the Gulf of Thailand.

The virtually all average geographical feature is the lacustrine plain organised by the inundations of the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), measuring almost 2,590 square km (1,000 sq. mi) during the dry season and spread out to most 24,605 square kilometres (9,500 sq. mi) in the period of the rainy season. This densely populated plain, which one is devoted to wet rice cultivation, is the heart of Cambodia.

Shrine outside Wat PhnomVirtually (approximately 75 percent) of the country lies at elevations of less than a hundred metres (300 ft) higher than sea level, the exclusions being the Cardamom Mountains and their southeast extension the Damrei Mountains ("Elephant Mountains"), also the steep escarpment of the Dangrek Mountains (average elevation 500 m / 1,640 ft) along the perimeter applying Thailand's Isan area. The greatest elevation of Cambodia is Phnom Aoral, closely Pursat in the centre of the country, at 1,813 metres higher than sea level.

Khmer culture, as evolved and spread by the Khmer empire, has typical trends of dance, architecture and sculpture which one have strongly influenced neighbouring Laos and Thailand. Notable recent aesthetic figures include the singers Sinn Sisamouth, who presented new musical trends to the country, and later Meng Keo Pichenda. Angkor Wat (Angkor means "city" and Wat "temple") is the best maintained example of Khmer architecture caused by the Angkorian era, though hundreds of extra temples have been found out in and around the area. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the infamous prison of the Khmer Rouge, and Choeung Ek, one of the primary Killing Fields are other crucial historic sites.

Ankor Wat corner towerBonn Om Teuk (Festival of Boat Racing), the annual boat rowing competition, is the almost attended to Cambodian home festival. Kept at the end of the rainy season when the Mekong river starts to sink back to its normal levels permitting the Tonle Sap River to reverse flow, approximately 10 percent of Cambodia's population assists this event each year to play games, give thanks to the moon, watch fireworks, and attend the boat race in a carnival-type standard atmosphere. Popular games are cockfighting, soccer, and kicking a sey, which is similar to a hacky sack.

Rice, as in additional South East Asian states, is the staple grain, while fish derived from the Mekong and Tonle Sap likewise form a significant part of the diet. The Cambodians per capita provided for food and trade in 2000, 20 kilograms of fish by the year or 2 ounces per day per person. A select few of the fish can be made into prahok (a Khmer delicacy) for longer storage.

Overall, the cuisine of Cambodia is similar to that of its Southeast Asian neighbours. The cuisine is relatively unknown region to the world compared to that of its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam, but has been reported not as spicy as Thai cuisine and like to more Southeast Asia cuisines.

Football (soccer) is one of the most popular sports, though professional formed sports are not as prevalent in Cambodia as in western countries due to the economic situation. The Cambodian national football team managed fourth in the 1972 Asian Cup however development has slowed since the civil war. Western sports such as volleyball, bodybuilding, field hockey, rugby, and baseball are winning popularity while traditional boat racing maintains its appeal as a home sport. Martial Arts is also practiced in Cambodia, the most popular being Pradal Serey, which is alike to Muay Thai and likewise considered a national sport. Extra styles such as Karate, Kung Fu and Taekwondo are rapidly catching on.

About the Author
Article by Paul Everton. For more information about Cambodia visit the Travel World Tips website.

Map of Cambodia
Shrine outside Wat Phnom
Ankor Wat corner tower

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