The Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea, Khmer ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ កម្ពុជា ) is a small constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia with a population of over 13 million people, more than 90% of which are of Khmer origin. The nation is bordered in the south by the Gulf of Thailand, in the west by Thailand, Laos in the north, and Vietnam in the east. The country is what remains of the ancient Khmer Empire of Angkor that existed from the 9th century to 15th century and it was a protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, when it gained independence. In recent years, Cambodia has gained the much-needed stability and rebuilding of infrastructure since the 1970s.
Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia
Fotograf / Photographer: Manfred Werner