Cambodia

 Travel, Safety & Health Information

At present, Cambodia is politically stable and safe for foreigners. However, it is advised all applicants keep informed of any changes to the security situation in the lead up to arriving in Phnom Penh, and throughout the program. Travel Advisories & Information can be found here:

 Twitter

Twitter is a great resource for news and information about Cambodia

 Historical Newspaper Articles

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 Climate & Geography

Phnom Penh Climate

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History

Cambodia has a fascinating and complex history. Once the rulers of much of south east Asia, including most of Thailand, Laos, and Southern Vietnam (Kampuchea Krom), Cambodia dominated cultural development of the region from 800CE to the mid 1500’s.

Early History

Khmer culture is deeply rooted in mythology and mystery. It is said that the a reptile race, the Nāga, once ruled the oceans in this region, and the Nāga King’s daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya. Their offspring were the Cambodian people. The Nāga is found throughout south and south-east Asia, and is of particular importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The Nāga in Cambodia is usually depicted as a 7 headed serpent, indicating the 7 races in Nāga society. It is a common motif still to this day, and can be found throughout the Angkorian era temples, and in modern architecture, and symbology.

  • Funan Kingdom (100CE – 550CE)
  • Chenla Kingdom (600CE – 800CE)
  • Khmer Empire (800CE – 1500’s)
  • The Empire in Decline (1500’s – 1800’s) French Colonisation (1863 – 1953)
  • Independence (1953 – 1970) The Khmer Republic (1970 – 1975)
  • Democratic Kampuchea & the Khmer Rouge (1975 – 1979)
  • People’s Republic of Kampuchea (Vietnamese Occupation) (1979 – 1992)
  • UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) (1992-1993)
  • Modern Cambodia: The Kingdom of Cambodia (1993 – present)