#01 Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

The extravagant Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, in the heart of Phnom Penh, are home to fabulous murals and a treasure-trove of Khmer sculpture.

#02 Kampot

Blissfully unhurried southern backwater with a plethora of idyllic guesthouses and restaurants beside the Kampot River.

#03 Banteay Srei

One of the smallest but most perfect of all Angkor’s temples, constructed from delicate rose-pink sandstone and covered in a positive riot of intricate carvings.

#04 Angkor Wat

This unforgettable temple, crowned with soaring towers and embellished with intricate bas-reliefs, represents the zenith of Khmer architecture.

#05 Otres Beach

Sihanoukville’s furthest flung beach is mellower (and prettier) than its sandy in-town siblings; perfect for a few days of idle beachcombing.

#06 Irrawaddy dolphins

These rare mammals live in small groups along a stretch of the Mekong in the northeast.

#07 Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek

Harrowing monuments to Cambodia’s grisly past during the Khmer Rouge’s murderous rule.

#08 Angkor Thom

Angkor’s greatest walled city, entered through magnificent gateways and housing some of the country’s finest monuments, including the haunting Bayon.

#09 Khmer art

Some of the country’s most stunning art, including ancient statues, are on display in Phnom Penh’s National Museum and the Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap.

#10 Apsara

Khmer classical dance at its most elegantly stylized, with beautifully costumed performers evoking the legendary apsaras of Hindu mythology.

#11 Tonle Sap lake

The watery heart of rural Cambodia, this miniature inland sea is dotted with dozens of traditional floating and stilted villages, many inhabited by the country’s ethnic Vietnamese.

#12 Chi Phat

A village community project in the southern Cardamoms offering homestays, birdwatching, mountain biking and trekking.

#13 Wildlife and birdwatching

Walking with the elephants in Mondulkiri, gibbon-spotting in Rattanakiri, birdwatching around the Tonle Sap – Cambodia offers a wealth of natural attractions.

#14 Cambodian cuisine

Cambodia’s cuisine offers plenty of surprises – and there are numerous courses available to help you unravel the secrets of Khmer cooking.

#15 Ream National Park

Abundant wildlife, secluded beaches and bays, and the beautiful mangrove-fringed Prek Touek Sap River.

#16 Psar Toul Tom Poung

Wonderful Phnom Penh city market, packed with vibrant silks and curios.

#17 Trekking in Rattanakiri

Trek into the forested highlands of Rattanakiri, home to tall trees, rare wildlife and the indigenous chunchiet.

#18 Preah Vihear

Magnificent Angkor temple on a mountaintop near the Thai border.

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