Cambodia spins of web of intrigue around the travelers who explore this fascinating and increasingly sophisticated country. Take time to get to know the people and their culture, and you'll quickly fall under the spell. Be sure not to miss Angkor Wat, the country's crown jewel and biggest draw; it's a spectacular example of the merging of spirituality and symbolism.
the aftermath of Cambodia's civil war foreign aid groups and governments poured billions of dollars into the country. Hundreds of nonprofit organizations at every turn are working toward a better Cambodia on all fronts: health, environment, safety, women's rights, civil rights, disability support, children's rights, economy, education. Many nonprofits run hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies that give a chunk of their earnings to development projects and people in need. It's possible to wine, dine, and shop your way through Cambodia, knowing your money is helping others, but first check the NGO is legit.
The beaches of Sihanoukville are quickly becoming a top Cambodian tourist destination (after Angkor, of course). Much of the country's stunning coastal area is currently under intense development, but some parts remain relatively undiscovered, a natural draw for those who tire of the crowds on neighboring Thai islands. Sihanoukville lies some 230 km (143 miles) southwest of Phnom Penh, a four-hour bus ride from the capital.