50 Fascinating Facts About Cambodia

Cambodia is located in southern Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Cambodia is home to the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, a silent testament to how ingenious and talented the Cambodian people are. Cambodia's recent history is turbulent and has left an indelible impact on this lovely country. Cambodia is a country brimming with amusing and unique sights. From the fact that its name has changed with each new government to the notion that listening to crickets can help you figure out who you will marry one day, there is plenty in this country and make you doubt its sanity, perhaps your own, customs and quirks.</p> <p>The country is governed by a monarchy and is led by Hun Sen, who has served as the head of the Cambodian government for the last twenty-five years, establishing himself as Southeast Asia's longest-serving non-royal leader. There are many fascinating facts that you probably didn't know about Cambodia that will entice you to visit this lovely country. Here are some of the fascinating facts about the country.

Fascinating Fact

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Cambodia is home to the world's largest religious monument.
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Cambodia's flag is unique in the world in that it features a structure.
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Cambodia was first known as the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1953. Since then, the country has changed names five times, only to revert to its previous moniker.
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A Hollywood Icon, Angelina Jolie, directed the Netflix movie "First They Killed My Father," set in Cambodia and concentrated on the Khmer Rouge's atrocities.
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France occupied Cambodia from 1863 to 1953.
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Cambodia's official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by nearly 95% of the population.
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While Cambodia is home to about 19 indigenous languages, Khmer is the country's only recognized script and language.
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The country has a horrible recent history. Over 2 million people were killed during the Khmer Rouge's four-year reign.
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The average lifespan of the Cambodian population is a sobering number, albeit a fascinating one. Around 50% of Cambodia's population is under the age of 15.
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When Tomb Raider debuted in 2001, many fans were mesmerized by the film's out-of-this-world setting. If you felt the same way, you'll be astonished to learn that the film was shot in Cambodia.
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The "Killing Fields" were used to bury the bodies of those slaughtered during this massacre.
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Millions of land mines were deployed during the war years in Cambodia. Today, Cambodia has a land mine removal trust that aids in the clearance of mines, so making the country safer.
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Cambodia has never had a McDonald's.
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On an Intrepid trip, you'll get the opportunity to stay in a homestay, trek into the jungle, and learn about rural life in Cambodia from locals.
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The country is home to the world's largest religious structure! Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world.
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Tonle Sap is Cambodia's largest freshwater lake.
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UNESCO has designated Cambodia as the world's third-largest country with the most landmines. Over 4 million landmines remain in the ground, causing victims daily.
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Cambodia was a colony of France until 1953.
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Cambodia has Southeast Asia's smallest Francophone community.
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Cambodian weddings are joyous affairs, replete with glittering gowns and an all-night party that can last up to three days and nights!
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Nobody in Cambodia gives a damn about their birthdays. While most of us become somewhat enthusiastic around our birthdays, birthdays are essentially non-existent in the Kingdom.
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Cambodia is peppered with temples - more than 4,000 have been unearthed. While it may seem like a large number, you'll be astonished to learn that there are more undocumented temples!
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The number of births is three times that of death.
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Tourism is Cambodia's second primary source of revenue.
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Cambodian New Year celebrations occur each year in mid-April, marking the end of the regular harvest season. This is Cambodia's most important festival of the year.
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Funerals are important. Perhaps the fascinating detail on this listing is the astonishing amount of money spent in Cambodia on funerals.
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For those who have never visited Cambodia, the fact that people accept payment in USD may come as a surprise (US Dollar)
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KFC is losing money in Cambodia, and it is the only place where they are losing money.
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In Cambodia, there is a "blind clinic" where blind people provide massages. These individuals are educated in the practice of massage to earn a living.
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Tuk-tuks are Cambodia's primary mode of travel.
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Cambodians think that counting the chirps of a gecko would reveal whether or not you will be fortunate enough to marry. It is considered lucky if a tokay gecko makes seven or even more calls in the same room as you.
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In Cambodia, the age for marriage for men is 25, while it is 22!
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Cambodians eat arachnids, reptiles such as snakes, and insects such as grubs, cockroaches, and crickets.
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King Norodom Sihamoni, Cambodia's current monarch, is a single man with no children. As a result, the king has no direct successor.
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Between 1963 and 1973, the US bombarded Cambodia as part of the Vietnam War.
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Tonlé Sap has been the only river that runs seasonally in both directions.
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You'll find Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake here.
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Cambodia's currency is the Riel.
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Apart from temples, Siem Reap has a nightlife that is comparable to that of Thailand.
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In Cambodia, individuals welcome one another by linking their hands and bending their palms. This is referred to as "Sompeah," and the younger individual typically initiates it.
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Cambodia is one of Asia's fastest-growing economies, with an average annual growth of more than 6% over the last decade.
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Cambodia is home to some of Southeast Asia's most excellent beaches.
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Cambodia is home to a plethora of highly endangered and uncommon animal species. The Irrawaddy dolphin and Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle are found on the Mekong River.
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Rice is ubiquitous in Cambodian cuisine and specialties, and it is also served as a dessert when combined with fruits and coconut milk.
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Despite being one of Asia's poorest countries, Cambodia welcomed a record 5 million visitors in 2016, generating almost $3 billion in income.
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Tonle Sap Lake is a magnificent location. It was recently added to a list of UNESCO biosphere reserves, ensuring its protection for animals and humans.
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In Cambodia, there is a "blind salon" where you may receive messages from blind individuals, allowing these poor people to earn a living.
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Most holidays observed in Cambodia, such as the New Year event, are connected to Buddhism.
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Cambodia was a part of the French Colonial Empire from 1867 to 1953. During this period, the French also ruled Vietnam and Laos, whereas the British ruled Thailand.
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Each year, the country receives more than 6 million international tourists, and these numbers continue to grow.

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