- Siem Reap : Gateway to the Temple of Angkor
Nestled between rice fields and stretched along the Siem Reap River, the provincial capital of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to the millennium old ruins of Angkor, the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. Designated a World Heritage Site, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins including Bayon, Ta Prohm and the legendary Angkor Wat whose artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact put it in a class with the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal.
- Phnom Penh : Capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia
As the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is fairly young, only rising to the role in 1866, but is still a city steeped in tradition and history, offering several cultural and historical sights. Much of the central city, including the Royal Palace and National Museum was built during the French period. You may notice the old French buildings in classic colonial yellow amongst the Southeast Asian shophouses and traditional Khmer pagodas and markets. The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, displaying many important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from later periods. Historical sites from the Khmer Rouge period include the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial.
- Sihanoukville; Cambodia's Premier Beach Town
Sihanoukville is Cambodia's premier beach town, sporting miles of white sand beaches, some excellent seafood, a heady party scene, and several nearby tropical islands. The town sits on a peninsula jutting into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Beaches of fine, pearl-white sand line the shore around the peninsula, each offering its own unique character, from the busy and popular Ochheuteal Beach to the secluded chilled out Otres Beach.
- Kep: Cambodia's Oceanside Retreat
From the turn of the century through to the 1960’s, Kep was Cambodia's premier beach town, drawing holiday makers to its breezy shores and nearby Bokor Hill Station. Back in the day, luxurious villas of the privileged class dotted the seaside. A few still remain, now ruined vestiges of an earlier era. These days Kep is known more for its oceanfront ‘Crab Market,’ excellent seafood dining and relaxed tropical atmosphere. A kilometer from the Crab Market a single short but picturesque sliver of sand, Kep Beach, sits at the southern tip of the peninsula where several guesthouses and restaurants are clustered. Though there are now dozens of hotels, guesthouses and even luxury resorts across the area, Kep still has a rustic getaway feel to it, with jungle clad mountains, a quiet beach and oceanside crab shacks. It is a place to relax and dine by the seaside and use as a base to visit Rabbit Island (Koh Tunsay), to explore the national park or the nearby caves and rural countryside.
- Battambang : Cambodia's Second City
Battambang is a classically quaint provincial capital with old world architecture and even older pagodas set picturesquely along a river, and even though the city is one of the country's largest, it is still lightly touristed. In town, charming colonial era buildings line narrow lanes, including the ‘walking district’ near the market where contemporary art galleries, local and foreign cafes, bars and shops inhabit old shophouses. Battambang is a place to explore the architecture and budding art scene, check out the local cuisine, and to use as a base for excursions into the nearby countryside.