Mark Rowland

of Cambodia

Deeply scarred by the Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia has come a long way since those dark days. The capital of Phnom Penh is a great place to see the splendour of old Cambodia, with its grand Royal Palace, and many buildings built in the old French colonial style. In the midst of this are new international restaurants and hotels, which somehow blend in with the street food stalls scattered along the roads. The heart-breaking killing fields give you a chance to understand the impact of the Khmer Rouge on Cambodia. Pol Pot's infamous Khmer Rouge only lost power in 1979 and is still remembered by those lucky enough to have survived its terrors. The ancient city complex of Angkor is an unmissable part of visiting Cambodia, with its world famous iconic monuments, Angkor Wat is a symbol of immense national pride. Nearby Angkor is the relaxed city of Battambang, where you can ride the crazy Bamboo Train, get a good feel for local rural culture and see the amazing bat cave. Cambodia's south has a beach for everybody, from the crazy wild party beaches of Sihanoukville to the secluded paradise island beaches of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanleom. There are also some superb sights for nature lovers in Cambodia's northeast. Kratie is considered one of the best places in the world to see the endangered short beaked Irrawaddy dolphins. Sen Monorom has some superb elephant rehabilitation programs, and Banlung offers the adventurous explorer treks into the unexplored jungle of the Virachey National Park. All of this comes with the added bonus of the ever friendly and welcoming Cambodian people! Who genuinely want you to come and visit their peaceful, devout little nation that has much to offer.

Map of Cambodia