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To many people who have not yet experienced its exquisite beauty, Cambodia means only two things — the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and the horrible and devastating legacy left by the Khmer Rouge.

Over the past decade however, there is another side of Cambodia that is beginning to emerge as a popular alternative to the Southeast Asian destinations of Vietnam and Thailand. No longer just an addition on a trip to neighboring countries, Cambodia has become a destination in its own right.

Here, in towns like Kep and Sihanoukville, travelers are discovering the undeveloped coastlines and the fresh seafood and spices that put Cambodia on the culinary map. In places like Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Kampot visitors can trace the French colonial legacy through the inspired New Khmer Architecture and the tree-lined boulevards and parks. Throughout the country, more and more visitors are being exposed to the beauty and resilience of the Cambodian people and their historic culture.