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An introduction to lesser known Cambodia... equally fascinating, equally enjoyable!
As you begin to read this review on Cambodia, hopefully you've already perused the review on Southeast Asia River cruising along with our review on Vietnam (Check out our Destination Overview of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay!) If not, please take a moment and start there as it will bring all the elements of a Mekong River cruise into the proper perspective, whereas here we are specifically discussing Cambodia. (View all Cambodia Mekong river cruises in the cruisGENIE™ Cruise Chart below.)

As we mentioned in the the Vietnam review, most of us are old enough to remember the pain and suffering incurred during the Vietnam and Cambodian conflicts. When you visit the emerging areas of Vietnam and Cambodia you'll still see many reminders of the long conflict, but like Japan the local inhabitants have moved on and while they, too, have memories, they are truly focused on the future and Americans are a vital part of that future and their tourism efforts. As we also mentioned, the people are flat out some of the warmest and friendliest we have met in our many years of travel.

Okay, so now we’ve talked about how cool it is to visit today's Vietnam, now let's talk about the lesser known Cambodia! Ever wanted to fire a rocket launcher or ride an elephant, maybe visit the vast temples of Angkor Wat or shop for some of the best silver jewelry found anywhere? Those activities, accompanied by more “smiling faces” and more delightful sites await you on your visit to Cambodia.

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Oct 01
2017
Siem Reap
Saigon
7Cruise OnlyClassic Mekong - Downstream
Pandaw
Tonle
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Oct 02
2017
Ho Chi Minh City
Prek Kdam
7Cruise OnlyVietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong
AmaWaterways
AmaDara
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2017
Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City
12Cruise & LandFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong
Avalon
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2017
Siem Reap
Hanoi
15Cruise & LandFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong
Avalon
Siem Reap
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2017
Hanoi
Prek Kdam
15Cruise & LandVietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong
AmaWaterways
AmaDara
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2017
Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City
7Cruise OnlyLuxury Mekong River Cruise
Scenic
Scenic Spirit
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2017
Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City
7Cruise OnlyFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong
Avalon
Siem Reap
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2017
Ho Chi Minh City
Hanoi
14Cruise & LandMagnificent Mekong
Viking
Mekong
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2017
Hanoi
Siem Reap
15Cruise & LandFascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & Mekong
Avalon
Siem Reap
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2017
Saigon
Siem Reap
7Cruise OnlyClassic Mekong - Upstream
Pandaw
Mekong
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Ancient history, Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace and the 'Old Lady.'
In doing our research we found that today’s Cambodia actually can be traced back to the 1st-century, but we really don’t have the time to go that far back. To say Cambodia has a rather violent past would be a mild understatement, but you probably remember the more modern regimes of the dictator, Pol Pot and the equally devastating Khmer rouge and their notorious “killing fields” from the early 1970’s. The good news is that’s all in the past and today’s vibrant Cambodia is a Constitutional Monarchy and is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest and most demanded tourist attractions — much like China was in the late 1980’s.

During your stay, you'll be able to experience the three most requested areas of the country: the capital, Phnom Penh (funny story to follow), in the northwest, the incredible Siem Reap and, of course, the “mind-blowing” temples of Angkor Wat which truly should be considered one of the world’s great manmade wonders.

The funny story about the capital city of Phnom Penh is — as the story goes — that it was founded by a rich old lady named Penh, who built her own private sanctuary on the hill called “Wat Phnom Daun Penh” which loosely translated means “Old Lady Penh’s Pagoda.” In 1434, the King, Ponheea Yat, tore down the sanctuary, removed the “old lady” and claimed it as his new capital. Oh well, at least it was a quiet insurrection.

Today’s Phnom Penh, is a vibrant, bustling city that lies on the banks of the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac. Despite the civil wars of the recent decades, the city retains its traditional and French colonial charm. French style colonial villas along tree-lined boulevards reminds visitors that the city was once considered the "Gem of South East Asia." Given the story we just told you please make sure you visit the picture-perfect Royal Palace which is now near the site of the “Old Lady’s” original sanctuary. It may be one of the most photographed buildings in all of Asia. Wat Phnom, the original site is now a beautiful park area and well worth a stroll through if free time permits. One of the other sites we really enjoyed was the Silver Pagoda constructed in 1892 and restored by Prince Norodom Sihanouk in the early 1960s. It’s extraordinary how they use silver in such an ornate fashion. If shopping is on your mind, try the Central Market for everything from inexpensive works of silver to 1000 year old eggs. Make sure you also allow time to enjoy a local lunch purchased from the numerous street vendors that are nearby. The food is sensational and most speak enough English to inform you of what you will be enjoying; it’s just great fun!




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