Driving Directions Cambodia
CAMBODIA, formerly called Kampuchea, is a southeast Asian state bounded by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam and its southern coast lie on the Gulf of Thailand. The country was devastated by its involvement in the Vietnam War (1960-75) followed by the brutal regime of the Khymer Rouge under Pol Pot (1975-79) when it thought that as many as two million people killed. Since that time, extreme political instability along with sporadic fighting has hampered development within the country. Cambodia is largely a low-lying country fringed by modest-sized mountain ranges and upland plateaux in the southwest, north, and east. The Dangrek Mountains form the frontier with Thailand in the northwest. The heart of the country is a saucer-shaped basin whose gently rolling alluvial plains are drained by the Mekong river. The western part of the basin is occupied by a large lake, the Tónié Sap (Great Lake).