Sunset at Phnom Bakheng
This ancient temple on top of a hill predates Angkor Wat and was built as the focal point of a new capital city by King Yasovarman (889–910). Be sure to cover your knees and shoulders in advance of your visit. Arrive at least two hours prior to sunset as the incredible popularity of this site for photographers catching the sunset over Angkor Wat means that authorities limit visitor numbers to 300 at peak times.
Phare Cambodian Circus
This talented troupe of performers are former Khmer street children who have been given a second chance at life. The circus was co-founded by a former Khmer Rouge survivor who lost her friends and family to the genocide. On on the evening of our visit, we watched a touching interpretation of her life story. Aside from the technical skill involved, the performance was particularly touching as it illustrated the amazing spirit of the Khmer people, who triumphed above a horrific national disaster to become a proud, welcoming and friendly people. Pharecambodiancircus.org
You’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve suddenly washed up on a beach in Thailand as you navigate this night-time hot spot. Locals and foreigners alike frequent the various bars and restaurants lining Street 8, and towards the early hours of the morning during any day of the week, the revelry spills out onto the street itself. Alcohol is served in buckets and is cheap, so be warned.