The colonial architecture, bustling streets and pure energy of Cambodia’s capital city are simply unforgettable. Phnom Penh has come a long way since its turbulent past, and today is an interesting and peaceful place to spend some time.
Settled on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh is not only the commercial hub but the heart of Cambodia. The city has determinedly overcome the ravages of war and revolution to become one of the liveliest capitals in the region.
Soaked in old-world charm, Phnom Penh’s street side cafes, tree-lined promenades and grand colonial buildings remind visitors why it was dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’. Take some time to explore the Royal Palace where you will find two beautiful pagodas – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Silver Pagoda. The latter is famed for having over 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor and is a must-see anyone passing through Phnom Penh.
The National Museum is a good stop for those looking to delve into the rich history of Angkor. The building houses a superb collection of Khmer artwork, including a statue of King Jayavarman VII. Visitors should also make time to see the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the killing fields of Cheung Ek; both are stark reminders of the atrocities endured under the Khmer Rouge regime.
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