• South Korea!

    South Korea: Seorak-san National Park. Go Now!

    South Korea
    From vibrant cities like Seoul, to quiet mountain tops, like Seorak-san National Park, South Korea has it all. Begin Your Journey!

  • Kuwait!

    Kuwait: Kuwait City. Go Now!

    Kuwait
    Tucked away in the Middle East, Kuwait is pivotal in the region and an anomaly in the desert environment. Explore Kuwait!

  • Maldives!

    Maldives: Beach in the Maldives. Go Now!

    Maldives
    This low-lying archipelago is a tourist destination due to its many impressive beaches and crystal-clear waters (pictured). Explore the Maldives!

  • Thailand!

    Thailand: Grand Palace in Bangkok. Go Now!

    Thailand
    Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, but the city of Chiang Mai is a cultural center and Bangkok (pictured) is a thriving urban capital. Begin Your Journey!

  • Tajikistan!

    Tajikistan: A yurt in the mountains. Go Now!

    Tajikistan
    The high mountains have mysteries around every turn, including yurts (pictured), a home for the nomadic people. Go Now!

Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Cambodia

Ethnicity

An overwhelming number of people in Cambodia are ethnically Khmer, a group of people that that forms a part of the greater Mon-Khmer family. The Mon-Khmer Family is actually defined linguistically, not ethnically, but the people are all ethnically similar. The speakers of these languages, including the Khmer are focused in the countries of Cambodia, Vietnam, and in various other regions further south and west. The closest relatives to the ethnic Khmer are probably the Vietnamese, although the two groups aren't extremely closely related on an ethnic level.

Language

Khmer is the only official language in Cambodia as nearly everyone speaks this language natively. Khmer falls into the Mon-Khmer language family with Vietnamese being its closest relative.

French and English are the most common second languages spoken in Cambodia. As a former French colony the French language was very common and many people still speak and continue to learn this language. However, English is gaining popularity, especially with the growing tourist industry based around Angkor.

Religion

Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia and nearly everyone in the country follows this belief system. Among the remaining 4-5% about half are Muslim.

Buddhism is a religion or philosophy that encourages people to strive for enlightenment. Adherents believe that each being is reborn until enlightenment is reached, at which time they escape the cycle of birth and death. To accomplish this, every being must speak, act, and live in a positive manner; this is magnified with the force of karma, which dictates an individual's later life and/or their rebirth.

This page was last updated: May, 2014