Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains, and the Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace, and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country's northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
In the country's south are the beaches and boisterous bars of Sihanoukville Province, Elsewhere along the southern coast, the town of Kep mixes present-day resorts with the ruins of those from its time under French rule. Ecotourism thrives in Koh Kong Province’s mangrove forests and the Cardamom Mountains and in the remote northeast, where dense jungle and villages line the Mekong. Cambodian cuisine, less spicy than some of its Southeast Asian neighbors, ranges from the steamed curry dish amok to fried tarantulas, while baguettes and coffee remain a French-colonial legacy.