A brief guide to three of Cam­bo­dia's other less-vis­ited prov­inces

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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.

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