Cambodia has awe inspiring temples, a kingdom where the ancient and modern amalgamate well to give you a truly wondrous experience. For more than 2,000 years, what was to become present day Cambodia absorbed influences from India, passing them on to other Southeast Asian civilisations that are now Thailand and Laos.
Contemporary Cambodia is more than its temples, and returning to this country after nearly 8 years, I was pleasantly surprised by all the development and progress. Chaotic yet charismatic is how I would describe the capital Phnom Penh. Totally revitalised as a city and the promenade area with its myriad dining options is a vast improvement. Second city Siem Reap, with cosmopolitan cafes and a diverse nightlife, is as much a destination as the nearby iconic temples. And up-and-coming Battambang, reminiscent of Siem Reap before the advent of mass tourism, charms with graceful French architecture and a thriving contemporary art scene.
Here are my top 5 reasons why you should plan a trip to Cambodia: