The fact that Cambodia’s southwest coast is a little less famous than its neighbors to the east and west makes the country’s beaches a tranquil retreat for well-worn sunseekers. With the crystal waters of the Gulf of Siam massaging golden stretches of sand, fringed by coconut palms and sleepy fishing villages, Cambodia is a coastal getaway that is truly an escape.

With the gentle arrival of luxury resorts – including one on a private tropical island – and the relative proximity of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Cambodian beaches have it all.

It’s true that Cambodia doesn’t have the nightlife draws of Vietnam or the Andaman sea of Thailand or Myanmar, but the country has much to offer in the way of the unexplored.

Whether it’s a getaway or a finale to a full country tour, the coasts of Cambodia are uniquely charming and far removed from most of the tourist hullabaloo that can sour a Southeast Asian holiday. From the food to the oceans, the warm waters and untouched nature of the Cambodian coast are singularly absorbing.