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What to expect from Cambodia

With Vietnam morphing from a backpacker mecca into a luxury honeymoon haven during the last decade, the adventurous travel crowd, always seeking fresh and less familiar alternatives, have started going on holiday in Cambodia, just over the border, instead.
Still barely recovered from the ghastly Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, Cambodia as a destination is poignant and spectacular by turns. Its most famous attraction – Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building – is reason alone to visit, but it would be a huge shame to visit Cambodia & never step beyond Angkor. The people are incredibly friendly and hospitable. There are many temples just as fascinating but less well known than Angkor, often half-buried by jungle. Khmer Rouge relics like Battambang’s infamous Ghost Cave are interesting but immensely sad, while the country’s tropical ecology, with its diverse wildlife, is beautiful and quite easily accessible.

Its south coast is gorgeous too – beach holidays in more »

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