Collected by Jen Murphy , AFAR Contributor
From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to the incredible coast, Cambodia is full of surprises.
Chamcar Bei Village (Phnom Vor), Pongteuk Commune, Damnak Chang Eur District, Phnom Vor, Cambodia
At the Vine Retreat, an eco B&B on a farm two and a half hours from Kep, guests can harvest the peppercorns the chef uses to prepare traditional Cambodian dishes like lak lok (grilled beef with onions and peppers, topped with a fried egg). From...
92 Rukhak Vithei, Phnom Penh 12302, Cambodia
Launched in 1929 with a glamorous opening party attended by royalty, this grande dame has long been the most elegant hotel in the Cambodian capital, hosting everyone from Charlie Chaplin to foreign journalists covering the civil war. Part of the...
NR33A, Krong Kaeb, Cambodia
A new road has made the seaside town of Kep once again a favorite weekend getaway for Phnom Penh residents and expats. Don’t leave without trying the region’s Kampot pepper–spiked crab, left, which locals enjoy at Kimly. The six-room hotel Villa...
#9B St 29, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
With more than 40 different plant species in its garden, Botanico GastroBar feels like an urban jungle. The new cafe serves excellent coffee along with homemade sugarcane rolls with anise and feta. At night, a stylish crowd comes for the globally...
#39 Street 240, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia
Located near the Royal Palace, Street 240 offers some of the city’s best shopping. 1. ARTILLERY A cafe, gallery, and shop, Artillery sells clothing, textiles, and accessories from independent labels such as Push Pull Cambodia, above. The modern...
Krong Kaeb, Cambodia
One of the best places to catch sunset in the sleepy seaside town of Kep is the Knai Bang Chatt Sailing Club. I was settled into my lounge chair with an Angkor Beer and a good book when my blissful relaxation was interrupted by shrill screams. At...
Krong Kaeb, Cambodia
The coast of Cambodia, in particular the tiny seaside town of Kep, has some of the best seafood in Southeast Asia. At Kep's famous crab market you'll find a row of humble seafood shacks selling the day's catch. The most best of the bunch, Kim...
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
115 Moo 7 Tambol Bangkao Phetchaburi, ตำบล บางเก่า อำเภอชะอำ เพชรบุรี 76120, Thailand
I spent Christmas in Siem Reap and experienced a very different kind of white Christmas at Hotel de la Paix. White feathers are an international symbol of peace. The hotel constructed an eco-friendly Christmas tree from 3,200 white feathers and...
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