Cambodia (official title: Kingdom of Cambodia) is a relatively small country in terms of size and population. It covers a total area of 181,035 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of about 15 million. The formation of the country can be traced back to 68 AD as the Kingdom of Funan, however, the first steps towards the country we know today occurred after independence from France in 1953. Political turmoil, civil war and occupation by Vietnam followed, until the country was reunited and restored to a monarchy in 1993. Since this time the country has rebuilt from years of war and turmoil and seen rapid progress in economic and living conditions. Let’s find out where Cambodia is located.
Where is Cambodia located?
Cambodia is located on the Asian continent, specifically in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in South-East Asia. It shares borders with Thailand (to the northwest), Laos (northeast), Vietnam (east) and the southwestern portion of the country is bordered by the Gulf of Thailand. The following is a map showing the location of Cambodia (marked with a red circle) along with the surrounding countries.
Did you know?
Cambodia and its neighbours have long had border disputes that continue to this day. Several offshore islands, marine borders, the boundary with Vietnam and border areas shared with Thailand are all in dispute. Thai and Cambodian troops have clashed over border confusions.
During World War II, while still a French territory, Cambodia was annexed by the Japanese in 1941 and it was given back to the French after the surrender of Japan in 1945.