Cambodia, a small nation squeezed between Thailand and Vietnam with only 14 million people, is becoming a spotlight tourist destination.
Increasing numbers of visitors are rediscovering Cambodia’s temples and beaches. Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor (one of the greatest wonders of the world with about 300 temples), now sports luxury hotels, chic nightspots, ATMs, and an airport fielding flights from all over the region. Meanwhile, Sihanoukville is getting good press as an up-and-coming beach destination.
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. The Royal Palace, including two magnificent pagodas (Silver Pagoda and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha), are among the public buildings really worth seeing, says Wikipedia.
Cambodia’s first ever LGBT Pride celebration was held in 2003 in the capital city of Phnom Penh. It is now a yearly event that openly celebrates the diversity of Cambodia.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Cambodia when it involves consenting adults in private. While traditional cultural mores tend to be tolerant in this area, LGBT rights legislation has not yet been enacted. Nevertheless, LGBT people are welcomed in more and more bars, restaurants and hotels dedicated to their interests.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the northwest, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.