Bordering Thailand to the west and northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River and Tonle Sap lake.
The capital Phnom Penh is its largest city was once known as the Pearl of Asia, it was considered one of the loveliest of French-built cities in the 1920s and is still noted for its beautiful architecture and attractions with a number of surviving French colonial buildings, such as the Royal Palace and Phsah Thmei.
The two most visited museums in the city are the National Museum - the country's leading historical and archaeological museum, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - a former Khmer Rouge prison.
For local festivities, check out the cambodian New Year celebrations in April or the Water Festival in November celebrating the reversing of the flow of the Tonle Sap river.
You can get around via the traditiona tuk tuks and cyclos or rent a motorbike. To see the newly-emerging modern city, stop by the green-domed Sorya Mall or walk down the Sisowath Quay, aka Riverside - an attractive boulevard along the banks.
Cambodia also boasts a variety of wildlife and nature from Bokor National Park - a former French hill resort to the Tonle Sap Lake - a huge lake with floating villages and Southeast Asia's premier bird sanctuary.
For lesser-known but beautiful retreats, Cham - a countryside village on the Mekong river; Kep - a seaside area which predates Sihanoukville as the main beach resort; Kampot - a small town and the gateway to Bokor National Park; Krek - a small village on the backpacker trail; or Koh Ker - ancient ruins north of Angkor.