21st Century Cambodia has an air of serenity which is incredible after such a recent tragedy. One cannot help but be charmed by the Khmer people, who are only too pleased to share both the depth and substance behind their fascinating culture. Since the election of a democratic government in 1993, Cambodia has welcomed tourists with open arms and the more remote corners are now accessible to intrepid travellers. Some of the best new hotels in Southeast Asia are offering unexpected levels of luxury in a country which was ravaged by the maniacal Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge until 1979. Learn the real story about this devastating era in and around Phnom Penh.