Now, more and more people become aware of the charms that the Khmer empire and the Cambodia tourism infrastructure have to offer visitors.
South East Asia has long been a popular destination for western tourists who are drawn by the exoticism and weather of the region, as well as its affordability. Thailand experienced its tourist boom in the seventies and eighties and has never looked back; in the nineties it was Vietnam’s turn, and now the world is turning its attention to Cambodia.
Cambodia tourism became a viable vacation option after the Khmer Rouge regime was largely stamped out and Pol Pot was captured in the late nineties. Each year Cambodia receives around 2 million international tourists and tourism is becoming one of the country’s most important industries.
There are many reasons that Cambodia attracts so many tourists; among them are the incredible sites, great beaches, rich culture, fascinating history and a wonderful and warm people who are so welcoming.
Chief among Cambodia’s tourist sites is Angkor Wat. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a temple complex and the largest religious site in the world. The Angkor temples were constructed from around 802 A.D to 1431 A.D, when Thai forces sacked the Khmer capital.