Today, Cambodia is a vibrant, optimistic place. Once a mostly agrarian society, today it is rapidly embracing change, from 5-G roaming networks in remote places, to sky scrapers in its capital city. It is equally rich in traditional and contemporary arts; and with them modern theater, galleries, upscale restaurants, and a lively music scene.
Cambodia is best known for Angkor Watt – an area of over 20 square miles that is filled with ruins from a 1000 year old civilisation. The temples were once palaces, religious monuments, universities, hospitals, with gates, roads, and canals.
Most of its’ visitors don’t travel beyond Siem Reap. So if you have the time to explore further afield, you will discover quiet beaches, villages, temples and trails with few other travellers.
A large portion of the country is flat, lending itself to travel by bike, with large stretches of the Mekong that are good for kayaking. The Cardamom Mountains, southwest of Phenom Penh, and Mt Kulan, outside of Siem Reap, are ideal for hiking. The islands close to the fishing village of Kep are a great place to relax.