Cambodia lies in the heart of South-East Asia. It is planted firmly in the tropics. Bordering Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east and Thailand in the west. In addition a 443-kilometer coastline with white beaches along the Gulf of Thailand. ‘The Kingdom of Wonder‘: that’s why nobody leaves Cambodia disappointed!

Culture in Cambodia

Cambodia has a tumultuous history, because of French and US interventions recently and centuries ago. The Vietnam War extended into the country with US bombing of Cambodia. The so-called “Secret War” set the stage for the takeover by the communist Khmer Rouge in 1975. This had the consequence of a terrible genocide.

When Cambodia is on your bucket list, you have to delve into the history. In this way, you will understand the people more. The beautiful, always smiling and hugely resilient Cambodians, called “Khmer”, really deserve this!

Throughout Cambodia’s long history, religion has been a major source of cultural inspiration. Besides, Cambodians have developed a unique Khmer belief. Its roots are from the syncretism of animistic beliefs and the Indian religions of Buddhism and Hinduism. Within this culture, Meak Bochea, Visak Bochea, and Pchum Ben are some important religious celebrations.

Cambodia’s hotspots

One of the many Sites at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious site. The vast complex was built early 12th century. The name Angkor Wat means “City of Temples” and measures more than 402 square acres. First, the temples were dedicated to the Hindu gods. Later they became Buddhist temples.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh is a former high school. It was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 until 1979. S21 was just one of at least 150 execution centers. From here people were taken to The Killing Fields. The most famous one, “Choeung Ek”, is nearby Phnom Penh.

The Killing Fields

The Cambodian Killing Fields are a number of sites where in total more than a million people were killed and buried. Unfortunately, during the total genocide, between 1.5 to 3 million people died.

Food in Cambodia 

Each morning, Cambodians greet one another with “Nyam bai howie nov?” (“Have you eaten rice yet?”).

Cambodian Local Food
Cambodian Local Food

The Cambodian culinary secrets are rarely written down because much has been lost during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The locals do know them, but we already can tell you some! Lucky you!

In the Cambodian cuisine, a typical meal consists of more than one dish. Ideally with contrasting flavors, textures and temperatures within the meal. Also plenty of herbs, leaves, pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers and other garnishes and condiments are used.

Besides, pork, beef, and seafood are always popular. While the more adventurous diners might wish to try a Khmer delicacy. For example, crispy fried tarantula or red ants.

Nai Rei, one of the local cooks from Cambodia

ResiRest in Cambodia

Homedining is a great way to explore Cambodian local culture. Therefore, the Khmer can offer travelers the true and authentic experience they are looking for. The local families can’t wait to welcome you into their houses and let you enjoy a truly authentic meal.

We selected friendly host families across the country. Come as a guest, leave as a friend. That’s our aim! We have a reliable network due to our cooperation with Butterfly Tours.

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