Above: The main pool of Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia

Until recently, most American travelers to Cambodia would marvel at the vast Angkor Wat temple complex and then spend two or three days relaxing poolside in the nearby city of Siem Reap, before continuing their Southeast Asia itinerary in Vietnam or Laos. However, it is increasingly possible to regard Cambodia as a destination in its own right. The capital, Phnom Penh, is worthy of a day or two’s exploration; the exceptional river cruise company, Aqua Expeditions, offers journeys down the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta; and along a stretch of coastline known as the Cambodian Riviera — a nod to the country’s French colonial past — an increasing number of upscale resorts provide competition for beach properties on the Thai islands of Phuket and Koh Samui.

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