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Cambodia Cambodia is a small country located in Southeast Asia The countries Laos Thailand and Vietnam border it on three sides and the Gulf of Thailand borders it on the fourth Buddhism is the predominant religion in Cambodia It is a home of many ancient statues such as the Tower of Bayon in Angkor Thom The education in Cambodia is poor as the students only have to go to school from the ages of six to twelve There is a high percentage of adult illiteracy Only the rich can afford to send their children to the one university in the country There is a severe shortage of textbooks laboratories and equipment Cambodias modern-day culture has its roots in the 1st to 6th centuries in a state referred to as Funan know as the oldest Indianised state in Southeast Asia It is from this period that evolved Cambodias language part of the Mon-khmer family which contains elements of Sanskrit its ancient religion of Hinduism and Buddhism Historians have noted for example that Cambodians can be distinguished from their neighbours by their clothing - checkered scarves known as karmas are worn instead of straw hats Cambodias population stands at 12 million of which the Khmer make up 90 Other groups include Vietnamese Chinese Thai and Burmese and various ethnic hill tribes many of the latter living in the mountainous regions to the north and southwest The Khmer account for 80 percent of agricultural workers while the Vietnamese and Chinese dominate the business sector The state religion of Theravada Buddhism was first introduced to Cambodia during the days of the great Angkor kingdom and prospered
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