Once the most cosmopolitan town in Cambodia and a bustling economic center with a large population of Cham Muslims, the town of Kompong Cham now enjoys a laid-back vibe with an old-world, unhurried charm along the banks of the Mekong.
Tonle Sap Lake
Known as "The Beating Heart of Cambodia" due to a great natural phenomenon that happens annually. During the dry season, the Tonle Sap Lake is serene but when the monsoon season arrives, the lake can swell up to 5 times more than its size, in some places it swells from 1 meter to 10.
Battambang, Cambodia's second-largest city is the confluence of progress and tradition that blends perfectly together, giving tourists a best-of-both-worlds experience. Stepping into Battambang is akin to stepping back in time due to its well-preserved colonial architecture and its ancient temples and Buddhist shrines.
For those looking for an expedition, the Cardamom Mountains are the ideal place to go on a backpacking adventure. It is not one single site but an entire region that encompasses the provinces of Battambang, Koh Kong, Pursat, Kampong Speu, Kampot, Kep, Pailin, and Sihanoukville.
Koh Rong Samloem
Though the smaller of the two Rong islands, Koh Rong Samloem packs a mean punch for travelers who want to experience an untouched island that's mostly peaceful but explodes when it hosts full moon parties for the ages.
In every major city, there is a backpacker street but Cambodia takes this seriously as there is a town dedicated solely for backpackers, the coastal capital of the Southwest - Sihanoukville.
This is the unmissable destination when traveling to the town of Kampot as its base is located just 8 km away. The main attraction is the Bokor Hill which was a French retreat station during the 1920s when they wanted to escape the heat.
Koh Rong Island
Tourists looking for an alternative to the lively and pulsating nature of Sihanoukville will be well pleased to know that there are beaches that are devoid of parties and a number of the most beautiful ones could be located in Cambodia's second-biggest island, Koh Rong which is one-hour boat away from Sihanoukville.