We’re staring wistfully at this picture of Angelina Jolie in Cambodia taken by Annie Leibovitz for the Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign and wishing we were there. The country is of course the birthplace of her adopted son Maddox and the kids were on shoot with her. The country was a no-go area in the 70s when it was under the cruel dictatorship of Pol Pot, then it was discovered by the packpacker set in the 80s and 90s. Now the place is really coming of age - it's one of the most beautiful parts of southeast Asia and though it’s not as developed as say, Thailand or even Vietnam that’s another of its strengths as it's developing low intensity, sustainable tourism that tries to have minimal effect on the environment.
So it’s no wonder that Jolie wanted to be photographed in here, and according to our sources she was photographed in Siem Reap province, home to one of the most awe-inspiring places you could ever visit – Angkor Wat, a stunning 12th century temple compex that is featured on the national flag. If you are out there, stay somewhere like Angkor Palace Resort & Spa located only 20 minutes away, this lux five-star is built in traditional Cambodian palace architecture. Rates start at £70, more details at www.angkorpalaceresort.com
And opening towards the end of the year is Song Saa private island, a 30-minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville on the mainland of Cambodia where over water, ocean view and beach villas are being built in harmony with this environment of turquoise ocean, white sands and wild rainforest. The resort will be operating private plane transfers from Siem Reap, making it the ultimate twin stay holiday. Prices will start from $650 per night for a one bedroom villa, more details at www.songsaa.com