The capital Phnom Penh is shaking off the country's turbulent past and striving for a new vibrant future. New shopping malls are popping up, French colonial buildings being restored and stylish international restaurants line the riverfront. This all collides with grimy back streets, street food stalls and hectic markets, with the grand Royal Palace as a bedrock through the changing years. Somehow, this mishmash works, making it well worth a stop.
It’s much smaller than some of the big sprawling metropolis’ such as Bangkok, so doesn’t have the same frenzy of things going on.
You can gain an understanding of the Khmer Rouge's impact with a visit to the infamous and moving killing fields. A relatively recent and disturbing reminder of what humanity is capable of. At night you can step back to the future in the city's bar and club scene, although not massive there's enough for a good night out.
Phnom Penh has plenty of things to keep you entertained for a couple of days, and is a good place to gain an understanding of Cambodia's rich history.