The Kingdom of Cambodia has made its way onto countless bucket lists for it is graced with the most spectacular ancient temple ever constructed: Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Cambodia travel shouldn’t be without a visit to this architectural masterpiece and the hidden temples that surround, but this country has so much more to offer than just ruins.
Phnom Penh, the capital, was once referred to as the pearl of the east and Battambang, Cambodia’s 2nd city, has a laid-back atmosphere and is surrounded by gorgeous temples. There is a dreamlike countryside, with snaking rivers, brilliant-green rice paddies and dense jungles found around Banlung and Sen Monorom. An underdeveloped coastline around Sihanoukville and Kep are also well worth exploring. Off the coast you’ll find idyllic islands with few people such as Koh Rong Sanloem; other islands have no inhabitants at all such as Song Saa.
Cambodia is a truly delightful destination, but visitors often come away from this heart-shaped country charmed most by its people. After having experienced a harrowing history, Cambodians are still coming to terms with what happened. But as they admirably overcome a bloody recent history, everything is still done with a giggle and a smile. You would be hard-pressed to find a more inviting country in Asia than Cambodia.