Cambodia is often overlooked in favour of Southeast Asia's crowd-pulling hotspots - we're looking at you, Bohol's Chocolate Hills, and you, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Yet, sandwiched between Vietnam, Thailand and Laos sits a country that oozes visual splendour: Cambodia. We're making the country's laidback capital Phnom Penh our base: think a serene setting framed by traditional temples, powder-sand beaches and soft streams flowing from the Mekong River. There's a vibrant and bustling streetscape to discover, too. Start by heading to the Russian Market, where you'll find a range of colourful handicrafts and antiques - fashionistas shouldn't expect to leave without brimming bags of patterned silks. Next, and for a true taste of Cambodia, target the Central Market - the noodle soup is out of this world. If you prefer more tranquil travel, take the four-hour Mandarin Cruise to Vietnam.