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Cambodia Cruises

Cambodia is a country steeped in history, from the fascinating ancient city of Angkor, proudly displaying the rise and fall of an empire, to the more recent mass genocides of the 1970s at the hands of dictator Pol Pot. 

Despite the pains of the previous generation, the collective spirit of the people has created a determined and resilient country still filled with the cultures and traditions that Cambodia has always been known for. 

Ancient customs stemming from both Buddhism and Hinduism are prevalent here, and you may be welcomed with a ‘Chumreap Suor’, a traditional Cambodian greeting on your arrival to Cambodia. The country is also known for its wonderful natural beauty including the famous rice paddies and the golden sand beaches of the south near Sihanoukville, where your ship will dock.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Cambodia is the only nation with a building on its flag.
  • Half the country's population is under 20 years old.
  • 1.5 million people live in Phnom Penh, with 1.3 million motorbikes.
  • In the Khmer language, rice and food mean the same.
  • It's rude to point the soles of your feet towards others.
 

Highlights

Temples

Of course, no cruise to Cambodia is complete without taking the time to visit one of the many temples dotting the landscape. The magnificent Wat Leu Temple, near Sihanoukville, sits on top of a hill and offers breathtaking views across the bay and some fine examples of traditional Cambodian architecture, including a gleaming golden facade. You may also see the lively monkeys who call the area home.

Food

With so much rice on offer it's hardly surprising that the little white grains form the basis for all traditional Cambodian cuisine. Perhaps one of the most well-known dishes is fish amok, a mild Khmer curry paste with lemongrass, turmeric and chunks of fresh white fish, served in a banana leaf.

 Another popular local delicacy to try on your trip to Cambodia is Khmer red curry –beef, chicken or fish, is served up with aubergine, green beans, potatoes, fresh coconut milk, lemongrass and kroeung (a general mix of spices and herbs used in Cambodia). Lap Khmer – a beef salad – is also popular and, for the brave souls, red tree ants with beef and holy basil.

Cha houy teuk is a well-liked jelly dessert in Cambodia, especially with children. Coloured gelatine is combined with sago, bleached mung beans and coconut cream, and then served in a bowl with a scoop of shaved ice. Yum!

 

Landscapes

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To the south, beautiful sandy beaches cling to the coast. Sihanoukville, the only deep water port in the country, brings a tropical flavour with its laid-back beach shacks and striking sunsets. Be sure to seek out a fresh coconut or a happy hour cocktail before you settle down to watch and enjoy.

One of the most prevalent sights of Cambodia are the endless rice fields, with around 66% of the population working in agriculture, and exporting 250,000 tons each year. The bright green paddies offer the perfect view of daily life for many Cambodians, with much of the heavy lifting still done in the traditional way, by water buffalo.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Cambodia

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