From the glorious jungle-tangled temples at Angkor to the lush mountain-fringed white sand beaches of the south and the little-visited villages of the north, welcome to Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea) located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.
Places of visit include:
- Angkor Wat Temple complex, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Nurul Ihsan Mosque, Land Mine Museum, Muslim villages in Kompong Som, unspoilt beaches in Sihanouk Ville, Kbal Chhay waterfall and more.
- Cities, towns and villages : Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom, Sihanouk Ville, Kompong Som and more.
Like with many ancient Kingdoms around the world as described in the Quran, Cambodia experienced various dynasties reaching it zenith under the Khmer, who built the Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious buildings. It then followed periods of civil strife andcolonization, independence and finally the modern Republic with all the various regimes til today.
The Cham people are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia, and form the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam. The Kingdom of Champa, originating in the second century AD was one of the most powerful empires in Indochina, covering much of what is today, Vietnam, and parts of Cambodia.
Shams al-Din al-Ansari al-Dimashqi, 13th century Muslim geographer, reports that Islam arrived in region during time of the Caliph Uthman(ra) and the Cham Muslims trace their ancestry to Jahsh, the father of Zaynab bint Jahsh (ra), one of the wives of the Prophet (saw). It was in the wake of many Sahabas (ra) who arrived in Indo-Chin in 617-18 from Abyssinia and Hijaz by sea route that the Islamization process of the region began and served as an important link in the Spice Route, between the the Persian Gulf to southern China and Indo-Malay archipelago. Eventually by 1676, The Kingdom of Champa, originally Hindu, became majority Muslim, making them one of few Islamic Sultanate Kingdoms in the region. With the eventual broke up of the kingdom, the Cham people were scattered throughout SE Asia.
The Khmer Rouge years were particularly hard on the Cham community, as Cham were often singled out and killed, and many mosques were burned. Today, it is estimated that there are up to a million Cham in Cambodia and are are centered in: Kompong Chhnang, Battambamg, and in Phnom Penh. Many are poor and are illiterate but Islam has always been in the hearts and returning, inshallah!
A longer trip combining Cambodia with neighbouring Vietnam is possible for those who are interested in experiencing both countries.
Join us, as we rediscover the “Forgotten Kingdom of Champa”.
Our local based partner and guide for Cambodia has over 10 years of experience organising tours and groups in this region.