Scarcely thirty years have passed since the devastating reign of Pol Pot, and while the memories of hardship and cruelty remain with those old enough to remember, Cambodia has steadily risen to the brink of economic and political stability. Significant improvements have been realized in the areas of education, communication, health, and economic development, while both tourism and foreign investment have increased steadily. River floats and jungle treks highlight the hardworking mantras of Cambodia's rural villages, while archaeological, culinary, and historical wealth shines in the nation's larger cities or popular "wats". Belaying the point that travel in Cambodia has evolved to the point where comfort and authenticity are no longer foreign entities, but wholehearted partners.