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  • Sihanoukville and the south Guide | Cambodia Travel | Rough Guides
    thanks to heavy forest cover the presence of the mountains and the lack of roads only adds to its charm although encroaching development even within the region s pristine national parks is a constant threat Numerous islands dot the azure Andaman Sea and although many are also earmarked for resort development with some already under way a castaway ambience still prevails Southeastern Cambodia roughly comprising Kampot and Takeo provinces is dotted with craggy karst formations that project starkly from the plains This is one of the country s most productive agricultural regions parts of Kampot province are like one vast market garden producing durian watermelon and coconuts while in Takeo province rice paddies dominate Salt and more importantly pepper are also key products The former is extracted from the saltpans of the coast and plays an important part in the manufacture of the country s prohok salted fermented fish paste the latter is cultivated almost like hops with regimented vines clinging to cords and was once the condiment of the colonial occupiers at the time no Parisian table worth its salt was without Kampot pepper Most visitors come to the south to hit the beach at Sihanoukville or use the town as a jumping off point to the islands their white sands washed by warm shallow waters Sihanoukville sits on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Thailand its coastline scalloped with gently shelving tree fringed white sand beaches and hazy islands looming enticingly out at sea But don t expect atoll like isolation the town is attracting increasing numbers of party animals keen to live it up in the clubs by night and in the Ochheuteal Beach bars by day That said a short moto ride along the coast in either direction uncovers stretches of less developed peaceful beach particularly during the week Sihanoukville is also the base for another area of outstanding natural beauty Ream National Park with mangrove forest and fine sandy beaches East of town Bokor National Park remains worth visiting for an eerie walk around the abandoned hill station amid its jungle clad slopes although private development is starting to diminish some if not all of its unearthly appeal It s most easily reached from the charming riverside town of Kampot as is Kep a sleepy seaside destination famed for its fresh crab East of Kep you ll find the down at heel remains of the Funan era city of Angkor Borei home to a fascinating museum of early statuary and interesting records of the archeological digs of the ancient city scattered around the town close by the hilltop temple of Phnom Da is easily visited by boat from Takeo a shabby little town that still feels far removed from the tourist trail despite its proximity to Phnom Penh In southwestern Cambodia meanwhile the Cardamom Mountains a lush expanse of forested valleys and peaks rising towards 1830m are accessible from the community village of Chi Phat where you can go trekking and experience a Cambodian

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  • Map of Cambodia | Cambodia Regions | Rough Guides
    beaches and jungle swathed mountains Cambodia is a small country that makes a huge impact And despite the fame of its headline attractions much of it remains refreshingly untouristed emerging from the shadow of its violent Khmer Rouge past to offer a warm unforgettable welcome Use our map of Cambodia below to start planning your trip around this unique country Cambodia boasts an astonishing array of wildlife watch rare Irrawaddy dolphins frolic in the Mekong River spot yellow cheeked gibbons in Ratanakiri or take a stroll with elephants in Mondulkiri Explorers can clamber through Beng Mealea s atmospheric creeper clad temple ruins which are still relatively unexplored Feast on Kampot pepper crab at Kep s vibrant market or if you re feeling adventurous snack on crispy edible spiders a speciality in the town of Skuon Find out more about Cambodia Interactive Cambodia Map Regions of Cambodia Click the links below to find out about your chosen region 1 Phnom Penh and around 2 Battambang and the northwest 3 Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor 4 Eastern Cambodia 5 Sihanoukville and the south Related Ebooks The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View

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  • Cambodia Travel | Places to visit in Cambodia | Rough Guides
    big history Now a modest player on the world stage this was once the seat of one of Asia s most magnificent early civilizations the mighty Khmer empire of Angkor whose legendary temples continue to provide a touchstone of national identity as well as attracting millions of visitors every year Away from the temples much of the country remains refreshingly untouristed and in many places largely unexplored Cambodia s sleepy towns and cities are a delight with their faded colonial architecture and old fashioned charm while in the countryside a host of memorable landscapes await from the mighty Mekong River and great Tonle Sap lake to the remote forested highlands of Rattanakiri Mondulkiri and the Cardamom Mountains Down south in complete contrast the coast serves up a beguiling cocktail of party lifestyle hedonism idyllic beaches and magical islands Much of Cambodia s appeal derives from its slightly anachronistic faintly time warped character Compared to the far more populous and economically developed countries of Thailand and Vietnam that hem it in on either side Cambodia remains an essentially rural society and something of a regional backwater The country s provincial hinterlands appear to have changed little in generations offering a refreshing throwback to an older and simpler era from the outside at least with beautiful stilted wooden houses set amid a patchwork of rice paddies and sugar palms And although living standards for most of the population are basic in the extreme Cambodians as a whole remain among Asia s most friendly and welcoming people It s perhaps this warmth and hospitality which most impresses many visitors to Cambodia and which is all the more astonishing given the country s tragic recent past For many Cambodia remains synonymous with the bloody excesses of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime whose delusional leaders

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    See all destinations Cambodia Overview Introduction Where to go When to go Fact file Getting there Accommodation Getting around Food and drink Health The media Festivals and events Culture and etiquette Shopping Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Itineraries Features Gallery Explore Phnom Penh and around Battambang and the northwest Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Eastern Cambodia Sihanoukville and the south Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Explore

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  • India Facts | About India | Rough Guides
    Insurance Hostels Fact file Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Vietnam View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide India Fact file The Republic of India whose capital is Delhi is bordered by Afghanistan China Nepal and Bhutan to the north Bangladesh and Myanmar Burma to the east and Pakistan to the west It s the seventh largest country in the world covering more than three million square kilometres and is second only to China in terms of population at more than 1 22 billion Hindus comprise eighty percent of the population Muslims 13 percent and there are millions of Christians Sikhs Buddhists and Jains Twenty three official languages are spoken along with more than a thousand minor languages and dialects Hindi is the language of more than forty percent of the population English is also widely spoken The caste system is pervasive and although integral to Hindu belief it also encompasses non Hindus It holds special sway in rural areas and may dictate where a person lives and what their occupation is Eighty two percent of males are literate compared to 65 percent of females 74 percent of the total population India now boasts more than 400 000 millionaires with a combined net worth of nearly US 2 5 billion Indian Railways is the largest employer on the planet with around one million workers Producing 1100 movies each year and turning over US 4

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  • Where to go in India | Rough Guides
    flat fertile landscape that for many people is archetypally Indian is the so called Golden Triangle in the north Delhi itself the colonial capital Agra home of the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan Rajasthan is probably the single most popular state with travellers who are drawn by its desert scenery the imposing medieval forts and palaces of Jaisalmer Jodhpur Udaipur and Bundi and by the colourful traditional dress East of Delhi the River Ganges meanders through some of India s most densely populated regions to reach the extraordinary holy Hindu city of Varanasi also known as Benares where to witness the daily rituals of life and death focused around the waterfront ghats bathing places is to glimpse the continuing practice of India s most ancient religious traditions Further east still is the great city of Kolkata Calcutta the capital until early last century of the British Raj and now a teeming metropolis that epitomizes contemporary India s most pressing problems The majority of travellers follow the well trodden Ganges route to reach Nepal perhaps unaware that the Indian Himalayas offer superlative trekking and mountain scenery to rival any in the range With travel in Kashmir still largely limited to its capital Srinagar and central valley area Himachal Pradesh where Dharamsala is the home of a Tibetan community that includes the Dalai Lama himself and the remote province of Ladakh with its mysterious lunar landscape and cloud swept monasteries have become the major targets for journeys into the mountains Less visited but possessing some of Asia s highest peaks is the niche of Uttarakhand bordering Nepal where the glacial source of the sacred River Ganges has attracted pilgrims for more than a thousand years At the opposite end of the chain Sikkim north of Bengal is another low key trekking destination harbouring scenery and a Buddhist culture similar to that of neighbouring Bhutan The Northeast Hill States connected to eastern India by a slender neck of land boast remarkably diverse landscapes and an incredible fifty percent of India s biodiversity Heading south from Kolkata Calcutta along the coast your first likely stop is Konarak in Odisha site of the famous Sun Temple a giant carved pyramid of stone that lay submerged under sand until its rediscovery at the start of the twentieth century Tamil Nadu further south has also retained its own tradition of magnificent architecture with towering gopura gateways dominating towns whose vast temple complexes are still the focus of everyday life Of them all Madurai in the far south is the most stunning but you could spend months wandering between the sacred sites of the Kaveri Delta and the fragrant Nilgiri Hills draped in the tea terraces that have become the hallmark of south Indian landscapes Kerala near the southernmost tip of the Subcontinent on the western coast is India at its most tropical and relaxed its lush backwaters teeming with simple wooden craft of all shapes and sizes and red roofed towns and

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  • When to go to India | Rough Guides
    when thinking about the best time to travel The most influential feature of the Subcontinent s climate is the wet season or monsoon This breaks on the Keralan coast at the end of May working its way northeast across the country over the following month and a half While it lasts regular and prolonged downpours are interspersed with bursts of hot sunshine and the pervasive humidity can be intense At the height of the monsoon especially in the jungle regions of the northwest and the low lying delta lands of Bengal flooding can severely disrupt communications causing widespread destruction In the Himalayan foothills landslides are common and entire valley systems can be cut off for weeks By September the monsoon has largely receded from the north but it takes another couple of months before the clouds disappear altogether from the far south The east coast of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and the south of Kerala get a second drenching between October and December when the northwest or retreating monsoon sweeps in from the Bay of Bengal By December however most of the Subcontinent enjoys clear skies and relatively cool temperatures Mid winter sees the most marked contrasts between the climates of north and south India While Delhi for example may be ravaged by chill winds blowing off the snowfields of the Himalayas the Tamil plains and coastal Kerala more than 1000km south still stew under fierce post monsoon sunshine As spring gathers pace the centre of the Subcontinent starts to heat up again and by late March thermometers nudge 33 C across most of the Gangetic Plains and Deccan plateau Temperatures peak in May and early June when anyone who can retreats to the hill stations Above the baking Subcontinental land mass hot air builds up and sucks in

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  • Getting there | About India | Rough Guides
    a bargain package deal from a tour operator Indian law prohibits the sale of flight only tickets by charter companies but operators sometimes get around this by tacking budget bunk house accommodation to their tickets which if it exists at all travellers ditch on arrival Note also that the Indian government places a restriction of 28 days on the period of time a charter ticket can cover If you wish to stay in the country for longer than that you technically have to take a scheduled flight Nor is it possible to fly in on a charter and out on a scheduled flight or vice versa Packages Lots of operators run package holidays to India covering activities ranging from trekking and wildlife watching through to general sightseeing or just lying on the beach not to mention more specialist interest tours focusing on anything from steam locomotives to food In addition many companies can also arrange tailor made tours where you plan your own itinerary Specialist trips such as trekking and tailor made tours do not necessarily work out a lot more expensive than organizing everything independently especially if you want a degree of comfort Tour operators pay a lot less for better class hotels and flights than you would plus they save you time and hassle by knowing the best hotels routes and sights to feature On the other hand a typical package tour can rather isolate you from the country shutting you off in air conditioned hotels and cars Flights from the UK and Ireland It takes between eight and eleven hours to fly from the UK direct to India A number of carriers fly nonstop from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai these currently include Air India w airindia com Jet Airways w jetairways com Virgin Atlantic w virgin atlantic com and British Airways w ba com who also fly nonstop to Kolkata Chennai and Bengaluru Numerous other European and Middle Eastern carriers offer one stop services via their home city in Europe or the Gulf From elsewhere in the UK and Ireland you ll have to take an indirect flight changing planes at either Heathrow or somewhere else in Europe the Middle East or Asia Both scheduled fares and flight only charters usually start from around 500 Flights from the US and Canada India is on the other side of the planet from the US and Canada If you live on the east coast it s quicker to travel via Europe while from the west coast it s roughly the same distance and price whether you travel via Europe or the Pacific There are currently nonstop flights from New York to Delhi and Mumbai on Air India and Continental w continental com to Mumbai on Delta w delta com and from Chicago to Delhi on American Airlines w aa com Otherwise you ll probably stop over somewhere in Europe most often London the Gulf or both Nonstop flights take around 15 16 hours with fares from New

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