Cambodia meaning Kingdom of Cambodia borders the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. It gained independence from France on 9 November 1953 and its capital is Phnom Penh.
The Angkor Wat temple is one of the most impressive religious buildings in the East and is a very popular tourist attraction in the Cambodia.
It is the only temple that continues to be a religious center.
Other tourist attractions include the Royal Palace, Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Ta Prohm Temple.
Its main exports are Clothing, timber and rubber.
Cambodian/Khmer culture, as developed and spread by the Khmer empire, has distinctive styles of dance, architecture and sculpture, which have strongly influenced neighbouring Laos and Thailand.
Bonn Om Teuk (Festival of Boat Racing), the annual boat rowing contest, is the most attended Cambodian national festival.
Approximately 10% of Cambodia's population attends this event each year to play games watch the entertainment and give thanks to the moon.
Cambodia's temperatures range from 10° to 38 °C (50° to 100 °F) and experiences tropical monsoons.
It has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22 °C and is generally accompanied with high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures can raise up to 40 °C around April.
The best months to visit Cambodia are November to January when temperatures and humidity are lower. Annual precipitation varies considerably throughout the country, from more than 200 inches (5,000 mm) on the seaward slopes of the southwestern highlands to about 50–55 inches (1,270–1,400 mm) in the central lowland region.
Three-fourths of the annual rainfall occurs during the months of the southwest monsoon.
95% are Theravada Buddhist the official religion and 5% other.
Football and martial arts are the more popular sports, although professional organized sports are not as prevalent in Cambodia as in western countries due to the economic conditions.
Volleyball, bodybuilding, field hockey, rugby union, golf, and baseball are gaining popularity while traditional boat racing maintains its appeal as a national sport. Phnom Penh has two major venues: Olympic Stadium and the National Sports Centre.
Cambodia attended its first Olympic Games in 1956.