Published 04/12/2011 | 06:00
Just over the Thai border, Battambang, Cambodia's second biggest city, is poised to become one of Asia's next big destinations when its derelict railway station opens next year.
This pretty riverside town is home to some of the best preserved French-period architecture in the country, including some stunning villas which are being converted into boutique hotels.
The nearby countryside is home to fascinating sights such as the mountainside towers of Phnom Banan and the mysterious caves of Phnom Sampeau.
In the absence of a rail link, locals created their own 'bamboo train', a terrifying platform on wheels which zooms into the capital Phnom Penh once a week.