Battambang: This is actually Cambodia's second city, but you wouldn't know it by the tranquil pace of life. While Phnom Penh is eaten by traffic and Siem Reap is defined by the pressures of mass tourism, Battambang thrives on its own terms. It is an affluent town, the center of the "rice bowl" of Cambodia. While it is increasing in popularity, it is still a wonderful place to see the real Cambodia.
Kompong Chhnang: This beautiful little town on the main road between Battambang and Phnom Penh retains a sleepy colonial grandeur. It is also a bustling fishing town peopled by ethnic Vietnamese. It is a fine lunch stop, or even an overnight if you want to break up the long journey. If you do stop for the night, get up before dawn and head to the riverfront, which buzzes with activity at a very early hour. It's a great site for shutterbugs.
Kampot: For a laid-back stint of restful hammock swinging, you can't beat Kampot. This little riverine gem has it all when considering doing absolutely nothing. If you want to splash out a tiny bit, book a bungalow at Les Manguiers, one of Asia's most blissful venues.
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