A holiday in Cambodia

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Cambodia is developing strongly as a new destination for tourists. After the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 the country has been in peace and it has been safe to travel to. More than 1 million people visit Cambodia every year and this number is growing.

Angkor Wat

The massive temple complex "Angkor Wat" in Siem Reap (in the North of Cambodia, see map below) is among the main attractions. For many tourists tis temple complex is the only reason to visit Cambodia. Luckily tourists are starting to realize Combodia has much more to offer than just Angkor Wat!

Points of interest around Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, also has a lot to offer, for instance the "Royal Palace" and the many covered markets and various temples.
An impressive point of interest is the genocide museum "Tuol Sleng". Terrible things have happened at this former high school, but it is a must if you want to understand the (recent) history of the country and where it stands now.
Just outside town is Choeung Ekare, also know as the "Killing Fields". Prisoners of Tuol Sleng were transported here and executed.

South of Pnhnom Penh lies Takeo, of course you are always welcome to visit our home/school. You will be welcomed with open arms by the children and the staff.

The beach life of Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is the most famous seaside resort of Cambodia and is located in the South. It has Pearl White sandy beaches that are unspoilt and idyllic. On the beach you will find cozy restaurants and for only a few dollars, you will have a delicious and memorable meal while overlooking the sea .

Economy Of Cambodia

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Cambodia is a developing country. Particularly in rural areas most of the population lives below the poverty line. They live without electricity, have no running water and have limited access to medical care. Wars and the unstable political history have caused Cambodia's economy fall into neglect.

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Oppression of the Khmer Rouge

Cambodia has a long history of oppression, fear, death and violence. During the power of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge a quarter of the population, approximately 2 million people, was murdered. In 1979, the civil war finally came to an end. This war had completely ruined the economy of Cambodia and the population was traumatized for life.

Population

Cambodia is more than 4 times larger than The Netherlands. Cambodia has 14.5 million inhabitants of which 75% is younger than 30 years and of this 75%, 50% is even younger than 18 years. The average life expectancy is now 62 years. More than a third of the population is illiterate and the average income lies between $0.50 and $2.50 per day.

Economy

Cambodia is an agricultural country; 90% of the population works in agriculture or in the  fishing industry; modern agricultural methods have not yet been introduced. Hundreds of thousands women work in textile factories to produce quite expensive Western brand clothing for a salary of only $45 per month. Tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the last few years. Unfortunately, with the opening of the country and easier accessibility also sex tourism, drug trafficking and gambling have been growing industires. Despite the growth in tourism the Government stands for a major challenge. The largest share of the budget is still being paid by foreign aid and the political instability and corruption keep many foreign investors away. Also the lack of schooling and the almost total absence of any rural infrastructure is allready causing many difficulties.

Aids

Although it looks like the political situation has been reasonably stabilized now, the Cambodians are facing diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria. Cambodia has the highest percentage of HIV-seropositives in all of Southeast Asia.

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