Years ago it would have been unthinkable to travel to Cambodia.
Now however, it is starting to firmly establish itself on the traveler trail. No one has forgotten the atrocities committed during the four years of terror during the Pol Pot regime, but Cambodia has in recent years started to emerge as a vibrant and colorful country.
A strong backpacker trail exists here, and offers travelers on a budget some serious value for money, as well as a developing high end sector that includes some excellent fine dining and luxury hotels and spas.
Top picks in Cambodia
If you want something a little different than just the temple experience then you will find sandy beaches and an all together lazy coastal vibe here.
Bokor Hill Station
For those who prefer something more active, this offers not only cooler climes but stunning views and romantic misty sunsets. The hill station is also west of Kampot, home of the famous spicy Kampot pepper for those interested in a bit of culinary tourism.
It may be fashionable to bash Phnom Penh as ‘just another big city’, but it is full of charm including the iconic promenade along the river, as well as colonial architecture and an emerging bars and restaurant scene.