Phnom Penh is the capital and a vibrant bustling city of Cambodia. It is located at the conflux of the three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the great Tonle Sap and the Bassac. This is also the gateway to many highlights of the country and most of them centering around the major attractions.
Coming to Phnom Penh, visitors may witness the story of the opposition: the extreme poverty and wealth irregularities, corruption and kindness, the slums and five-star hotels. A city where the streets are not named, your emotions will again be challenged before horrors of the Khmer Rouge Tuol Sleng Museum and the glorious splendor of the Royal Palace. All of those make a perfect picture of a unique capital in Southeast Asia.
The capital city nowadays maintains significant charisma with lots of interesting things for visitors coming here. It hides an attractive and harmonious modern structural design with ancient buildings from French colonial architecture together with the majestic Angkorian provincial attraction. Phnom Penh is a true oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals.
Here inside the capital, are many attractive touristy sites. Not far from the Tonle Sap is the Royal Palace. The Palace was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King, as a venue for the presentation of ceremony and ritual and as a mark of the Kingdom. The Palace grounds include several buildings: the Throne Room of Prasat Tevea Vinichhay; the Chan Chhaya Pavilion; the Khemarin; the Napoleon Pavilion and the spectacular Silver Pagoda. This pagoda is worth exploring with the floor made up of thousands silver tiles.
Besides the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, if you are hooked in history, travelers also can pay a visit to many other landmarks such as the National Museum, the Independence monument, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and Wat Phnom. There you may be able to comprehend much more about the historical period of time in Cambodia.
There are a variety of services including five-star hotels and budget guest houses, sidewalk noodle shops, fine international dining, neighborhood pubs international discos and more. Take a glimpse at several local market places selling carvings, paintings, silk, gems and even antiques.
At night, Phnom Penh brings a different charm. Visitors can freely explore along the river banks. Strolling will be very interesting, or else you can also search for local cuisine to savor, enjoy cold drinks and go to local markets. Tuk tuk is one of the best ways to go sightseeing around the capital which is relatively compact, but if you like walking, go to the French Quarter. This is probably the historic district that is intact with wide boulevards and colonial architecture.
Khmer cuisine is not very well known outside Cambodia, but they are certainly worth trying. Rustic cuisine can be found anywhere on every streets in Phnom Penh. You can also taste a cup of ice coffee, sugarcane juice or fresh lemon juice and coconut water when thirsty. If you are a vegetarian, you will be pleased with K'nyay where provides you with vegetarian dishes and local specialties.