ALONE IN PARADISE I sprawled on a beach chair, stared out over blue waters that seemed to never end, and silently thanked the rest of humankind for being somewhere else.

As unfortunate as it may be to local vendors, the port city of Sihanoukville on the southwest tip of Cambodia remains underwhelmed by tourists, and it is that sense of peace that makes a weekend here worth the modest cost of the stay. Guidebooks scoff that there's nothing to do—it's difficult to even find an Internet connection, they harrumph—but that is precisely the point. Everything else to do...

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