Cambodia is a nation in Asia that is surrounded by Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. As of 2016, the population of Cambodia was estimated to be around 16 million. How many of these fun Cambodia facts did you know?
- The flag of Cambodia, which was first adopted in 1948, features a representation of Angkor Wat: This temple is recognised as the largest religious monument in the world and attracts thousands of visitors to Cambodia each year.
- Along with the flag of Afghanistan, the flag of Cambodia is one of only two current flags in the world that display a building: The Afghan flag depicts a mosque, but not a specific building.
- Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II: He is now interned in a mausoleum within the complex. Suryavarman II is featured as a character in the PC game Civilization IV.
- Cambodia is home to Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake: Tonlé Sap translates to large river, but technically it’s a large lake. The size of the lake varies greatly throughout the year depending on seasonal rain fall.
- Over 2001 to 2010, Cambodia recorded one of the highest rates of GDP growth: The nation posted an average annual growth rate of 7.7% over the period, placing it among the top 10 countries in the world.
- A major driver of economic growth in Cambodia over recent years has been the tourist sector: Foreign visits to Cambodia exploded from around 200,000 in 1997 to over 2 million in 2007.
- The projections are favourable for Cambodian tourism to grow further in the years to come: Data available online projects that 3 million visitors arrived in 2010, with the number rising to 5 million in 2015.
- The life expectancy of Cambodians has increased rapidly in a short amount of time: Back in 1999, the average life expectancy was under 50, but this has risen to 72 by 2014.
- If you’re visiting Cambodia, you may want to try some of the local cuisine, but only if you’re brave enough: Some of the more exotic options include fried spiders – a popular snack available from street vendors!
- American punk band Dead Kennedys had a hit back in 1980 with their song titled Holiday in Cambodia: The song was a satirical swipe at privileged American students, comparing their lifestyle with the struggle of people in Cambodia living under the torturous Pol Pot regime.