Having suffered immeasurably under the brutal rule of Pol Pot during the 1970s, Cambodia has emerged as one of Southeast Asia's most fascinating destinations. Its capital, Phnom Penh, has a modern city buzz yet its stunning golden palaces and temples retain a connection with the region's Buddhist past. The cruelty of Pot's Khmer Rouge regime is laid bare at deeply moving museums in his one-time prisons and killing fields. They're vital viewing for all visitors. Further north, the majesty of ancient Cambodia is inescapable near Siem Reap, in the crumbling temples of Angkor. Intrepid travelers will find much to love in the pretty old town of Battambang.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.