There might be some two million visitors a year clambering over the ruins of Angkor, but much of Cambodia remains undiscovered.
1 Stung Treng
Rewarding, little-visited stretch of the Cambodian Mekong, complete with dolphins, flooded forests, ancient ruins and spectacular waterfalls.
2 Tbeng Meanchey
Take the new cross-country highway through Cambodia’s northern backcountry to the remote provincial capital of Tbeng Meanchey.
3 Anlong Veng
Notorious for its associations with the infamous Pol Pot, the modern boomtown of Anlong Veng provides a fascinatingly bizarre mixture of Khmer Rouge history and contemporary casino chic.
4 Banteay Chhmar
For a truly authentic lost-in-the-jungle temple experience, ride the bumpy road from Sisophon to the vast temple complex of Banteay Chhmar, buried in the forests of Cambodia’s far northwest.
5 Kompong Chhnang
For an alternative to the increasingly touristed floating villages of Siem Reap, make for the floating villages just outside Kompong Chhnang.
6 Angkor Borei
Stuffed with statues, ceramics and photographs of the excavations, Angkor Borei’s fascinating museum makes the trip to the remains of this Funan-era city highly worthwhile.
7 Koh S’dach archipelago
These picturesque islands offer a truly authentic taste of coastal Cambodia.
8 Koh Kong: the Areng Valley
The biodiverse Areng Valley, deep in the Cardamoms, is home to the endangered Siamese crocodile and prime territory for trekking, kayaking and mountain biking. It’s accessible on tours from Koh Kong but you’ll need at least four days – better still a week – to do it justice.