Phnom Penh is at the crossroads of Cambodia’s past and present. It is a city of simplicity and sophistication, of charm and chaos, but one that never fails to captivate. The capital offers extensive cultural and historical attractions with an astounding history to relay. Prominent among these sights of interest is the Royal Palace, an ornate building of architectural beauty that dominates the skyline with its magnificent Khmer style spires and pavilions. It is situated nearby the riverfront alongside open parks and wide boulevards. An unsettling history is chillingly conveyed at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, revealing the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Sihanoukville is an increasingly popular seaside resort, although those in the know tend to go a little farther down the Gulf coast to Kampot or Kep, which are of a slower pace and more elegant, with faded French colonial charm. The islands of Koh Rong and Koh Kong are growing day by day as luxury destinations for the intrepid traveler. A world away from modern civilization, their pristine beaches and laid back atmosphere provide exceptional paradise retreats.