Cambodia is famous for the magnificent Angkor Wat, a sprawling stone temple complex dating back to the 12th century. Its crumbling ruins surrounded by jungle have sparked the imagination of thousands and were used as a shooting location for the film Tomb Raider. Angkor Wat’s central structure is so iconic that it’s even on the country’s flag. But dig a little deeper into this rich, complex country, and you’ll discover there’s so much more to explore – from dreamy island shores to a vibrant contemporary arts scene, via world-class dining and colourful, lively markets.
Capital Phnom Penh is home to the country’s golden, glimmering Royal Palace, vibrant markets, and some of the best restaurants in the country, which put a modern twist on traditional Cambodian dishes and ingredients. Many of these restaurants are social enterprises, which give back to the communities that they are based in. Battambang is known for its lively contemporary arts scene and for the pioneering Phare Circus which also performs in Siem Reap, the town closest to Angkor Wat. Head down to the country’s southern coast for tropical white-sand beaches at the old resort town of Kep, and the sleepy riverside town of Kampot, whose charming streets are marked out by tumbledown French colonial buildings which now house hip, creative coffee shops, restaurants, and small indie businesses.
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