Shady roadside stands and homemade sugarcane juice were our salvation from the blistering sun.In addition to its stunning sandy shores, we spent a few days each in Cambodia's two largest (and surprisingly sophisticated) cities. Siem Reap offered us a bit of nightlife and diverse culinary options, though we stuck to ordering the Khmer curry more times than not. It's that good. We spent a day visiting Angkor while we were there and it not only lived up to, but surpassed all the hype. We were caught off guard by the beauty and authenticity of Cambodia. Plagued with such a turbulent history -- an estimated four to six million landmines still exist in the country according to one organization -- the uplifting spirit of the Khmer people is inspiring and unforgettable.
Monks on their morning "offerings" walk in Phnom Penh.