Cambodia (Kingdom of Wonder)
Your private Cambodia tours will take you into the realm of gods, where elaborate temples emerge from a latticework of jungle vines and trees. There are few destinations in the world where you will get the feeling of having stepped back in time.
One of these incredible destinations bears the signature of ancient Khmer genius – the Angkor temples of Cambodia.
Enigmatic, stimulating and sometimes baffling, Cambodia also invites you to enjoy the tranquility of endless paddy fields, to share the serenity found in the eyes of a young monk, or to savor unforgettable fragrances and flavors. There are also the tucked away beaches to unwind on afterward.
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Cambodia has had a fascinating and diverse past, from the Stone Age of hunters and gatherers, up until to the modern day.
Cambodia was for centuries divided into rival states before King Jayavarman II founded the Khmer Empire. As a nation of animists, the integration of Hinduism and Buddhism was introduced easily in the 9th century and coexisted with the traditional belief that spirits inhabited the earth.
During the golden age of the empire that existed until the 13th century, great temple complexes were built with regal and fine carvings, including the notable Angkor Wat.
During the 16th century, Cambodia was conquered by the Thai, destroying the capital city, Phonm Penh, at which time European missionaries also arrived. By the 19th century, Cambodia was under the protectorate of France. Cambodia became its own independent kingdom under Norodom Sihanouk in 1953.
When the Vietnam War crossed into the border of Cambodia in the mid-1970s, the communist and brutal agrarian regime of the Khmer Rouge was born. This led to what is considered one of the worst genocides in modern history that today is remembered by the mass graves known as the Killing Fields, which you can visit on a private Cambodia tour.
The civil war ended when the Khmer Rouge were successfully removed by Vietnamese troops and the People’s Republic of Kampuchea was formed. Today, despite a heavy-hearted legacy, Cambodia is ever optimistic about its future, and Cambodia tourism is playing a positive role in boosting an emerging economy.