Rustic Pathways began running programs in Cambodia in 1999. Since then, our operations here have grown to include local headquarters in Phnom Penh, year-round operations and a Base in Kampong Cham, and seven full-time Cambodian staff members. We offer Rustic Trips for high school students during the school holiday periods, Gap Programs year-round and group travel throughout the year.
All Cambodia programs start and finish in Southeast Asia. Starting and finishing locations vary by program; please see each trip page for starting and finishing locations for our Cambodia programs. For further information on flights, please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us at 1800 321 435. Our programs in Cambodia connect directly with all Rustic Pathways programs in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, China, Mongolia and India.
Population: 14.5 million
Capital City: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 3,975 riels (as of Novemebr 2010)
Language: 95 percent of Cambodians speak Khmer. English and French are also spoken
Angkor Wat: one of the seven wonders of the world and the largest religious structure on earth
Tonle Sap: the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO biosphere
Floating Villages: colourful hamlets that dot the shores of the Tonle Sap
Kroma: Traditional checkered scarf, usually wrapped around the head
Khnom som koh krabey robos neak bantech: I would like to borrow your water buffalo for a couple hours.
Roughly the size of Oklahoma, Cambodia has bountiful natural resources and a rich cultural tradition. Despite its tragic recent history - an estimated two-thirds of the population died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge during the '70s and '80s - the country has landed firmly on the path to democracy and development. While it remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, its economy has been one of the fastest growing over the past several years. The Angkor temples have helped draw tourists, in turn bringing in international NGOs and aid organisations. Angkor Wat, the zenith of the country's many temples, is featured on the Cambodian flag, which is the only flag in the world to feature a building.