GETTING OUT THERE
A brief guide to three of Cambodia's other less-visited provinces
In the wild east of Cambodia lies this sparsely populated province with densely forested mountains, thunderous waterfalls and a range of wildlife. Many visitors head to its renowned elephant sanctuary, the Elephant Valley Project, where the great beasts can roam in a stressfree habitat of 300,000 hectares of protected forest.
Just a two-hour drive from Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham makes a great getaway. The quaint provincial capital has an abundance of French colonial architecture, but the real highlights are the province's smattering of temples, the must-see bamboo bridge and, more simply, the opportunity to soak up a typical slice of rural life.
Kratie's main draw is undoubtedly the opportunity to see the majestic, but critically endangered, freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. However, the province is also home to some of the country's best Mekong sunsets, hundreds of accessible islets and a capital with more food and drink options than is normal for a quiet province.