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A search for information about Cambodia on the web yields hundreds of results, many of them of questionable quality. The information below has been carefully selected and includes summaries so that you can concentrate on just the information you want.
 
In a trip that starts in a truck whose wheels fall off, down roads with meter-deep pot-holes full of garbage and water, Bernhard Heiser takes us on an unforgettable, marvellously written and beautifully illustrated trip from Bangkok to Angkor Wat and beyond. The photographs are excellent and the text really captures the feeling of the trip. If you have ever wondered what Camodia is like, you must visit this site:
Bernhard Heiser's Trip
 
In a web site somewhat intimidatingly titled "Investigations of the Angkor Architecture", Baku F. Saito presented some extraordinary photographs. Regrettably, this web site has now disappeared and the photos have been published in a book, "The Face Towers of Banteay Chmar". Fortunately the Internet Archive still holds a copy of the photos and you can find them on the web archive
 
"Recognized by it's graceful, elegant gestures (kbach) and elaborate costumes, this beautiful dance form has come to embody the historical traditions and values of Khmer throughout the world". Sadly, another site that has disappeared but appears in the Internet Archive on this page. It is richly illustrated and well written, takes us on a journey of discovery of this dance, its history and its modern relevance.
 
"Bandits, corrupt cops, hottentots, we'd inevitably be kidnapped and sold for scrap. Now, of course, I realized that this was an absurd overreaction on my part." And Andy goes on to describe, in his inimitable style and with superb photographs, an interesting (and safe) trip to Angkor. You can almost smell the Cambodian air. A site worth visiting.
 
The number of languages listed for Cambodia is 23. Of those, all are living languages. They range from Central Khmer, spoken by 6 million people, to Samre, spoken by 200. The full list, and explanations, can be found on the Ethnologue Site
 
For comprehensive information on Cambodia you will find the best source is the the ConnectedGlobe Cambodia page which will guide you through the most useful information available.
 
There are many good books on Cambodia and I haven't read them all. However, I do recommend The Treasures and Pleasures of Vietnam and Cambodia: Best of the Best in Travel and Shopping (Impact Guides). For a wide range of other books on Cambodia click here.

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