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A retreat for French colonials in the early 20th century and a playground for Cambodia's royalty and rich in the 1960s, the area is dotted with faded shells of modernist villas, abandoned when the Khmer Rouge arrived. With little else to do other than soak up the sun and feast on fresh seafood at the crab market, seaside Kep, on a peninsula 45 minutes from Kampot, is the perfect spot to end a trip to Cambodia. Stay at friendly Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center (doubles from $10) in Kratie, which trains underprivileged youths, or a traditional Khmer timber house at Rajabori Villas (doubles from $60) on idyllic Koh Trong island, home to a Vietnamese floating village.
Most travellers make a beeline for Kratie by bus (three hours from Kompong Cham, £3; five hours from Phnom Penh, £7), also located on the Mekong. Use our Phnom Penh in three days holiday itinerary to make the most of your time in the cosmopolitan capital, and our Top 10 hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Phnom Penh tips for safe trip in cambodia our recommendations for where to stay. From Battambang, there are some 20 buses a day to Phnom Penh (six hours, longer during the monsoon, about £4).
Battambang Resort runs a fantastic snack tour (from $7) to sample street food at riverside stalls and eateries. Try noodles and dumplings handmade to order at Lan Chov Khorko Miteanh (145 Street 2) or dine on pan-Asian cuisine at stylish Jaan Bai (Street 2), a social enterprise restaurant and bar that trains and employs disadvantaged kids, with a menu by Asia's best chef, David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok At sunset, stalls set up around Phsar Nath market to sell soups, curries and barbecue meats. Visit Phsar Boeung Choeuk market to see fresh local produce.
Battambang is Cambodia's rice bowl and boasts the country's finest food. Check into colonial-style Bambu Hotel (doubles from $90) in the centre or for a village experience try the Khmer wooden houses at Maisons Wat Kor (doubles from $94) in Wat Kor village. See our Top 10 hotels, hostels and B&Bs near Angkor Wat for places to stay.
You can get to Siem Reap by train or bus from Bangkok (allow a full day) or on a short flight from Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and other Asian capitals. Bargaining is essential for all souvenirs shopping, if travelers are to obtain reasonable prices. The export of antiques is subject to approval of the Ministry of Culture.
Jewelry is generally not up to international standards for design and workmanship and buyers should use caution when purchasing gold and gems, many gems are fake and we recommend not following anybody's recommendations. The traditional clothing for both men and women is the krama, a long, narrow checked silk or cotton cloth available in most markets and shops. Visitors can find silver items, jewelry, gems, colorful cloth for sarong and hols (variegated silks), wood carving, paper maché masks, stone copies of ancient Khmer art, brass and bronze figurines and oil paintings in the different markets and shops on main avenues.