Do not miss Cambodia, if you love to go on temple runs.

This country to home to Southeast Asia’s grandest archaeological site — the ancient city of Angkor.

Most travelers only go to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat.

Hopefully, this list will inspire you to visit the country longer and see to other destinations that are worth a peek.

Read on to discover must-visit places and top things to do for first-time travelers.

1. Siem Reap & Angkor

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Why go — Angkor Wat is a good reason to wander into this part of the world. It is but one temple in the ancient city of Angkor, which is filled with many other ruined structures that are equally as marvelous. Almost all travelers arrive here by way of Siem Reap, a tourist hub worth spending, at least, a few extra nights to explore.

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2. Phnom Penh

National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

National Museum, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Why go — Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, is a popular spot on the famous Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam Indochina trail. This city is home to the Royal Palace, found on the riverside along with the impressive National Museum. Phnom Penh is also a jump-off point to several sites of the infamous Killing Fields.

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3. Kratie

Sunset at the Mekong River, in Kratie, Cambodia

Sunset at the Mekong River, in Kratie, Cambodia

Why go — Kratie is a small riverside city in North Cambodia that is a popular stopover on the long overland journey from Cambodia to Laos. It is the place to go if you want to see Irrawaddy dolphins and enjoy blissful sunsets along the Mekong River.

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4. Sihanoukville

Why go — This seaside resort town on the southern coast of Cambodia boasts of some of mainland Southeast Asia’s best white sand beaches. If Thailand’s islands are too touristic for you, the off-shore islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, near Sihanoukville, might be a more worthwhile visit.

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5. Kampot & Kep

Why go — Both provinces, situated in Cambodia’s southern coast, are popular destinations among Cambodians for weekend getaways and foreign travelers who want to get away from the tourist crowds at Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Though only under an hour’s travel apart, each has distinct attractions to offer. Kampot, popular for trips to Bokor National Park, has a riverside setting, while Kep, is known for sandy beaches and upscale resorts.

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Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.