Image of beutiful Wat Phnom Temple in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Top Attractions: Cambodia’s capital is home to many of the country’s top attractions.

This is a remarkable city. Rapidly transforming and beginning to blossom after its turbulent past. The people of Phnom Penh are determined to restore the city’s former prestige. Once known to the world as the Pearl of Asia,  now works relentlessly to repair its reputation.

It is packed with appealing adventures. It tempts tourists from around the world. From its captivating Khmer architecture to its bustling markets, plus all that lies in between makes this a charming city.

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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, not so long ago, was known as the Pearl of Asia. An exotic location capable of conjuring up notions, such as the powerful perfume of the jasmine flower. Or perhaps, images of the remarkable royal palaces and perplexing pagodas.

Phnom  Penh is situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River.  Here the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers are connected by Tonle Sap Lake.

Phnom Penh only enters historical records after becoming the Khmer capital during the 15th century AD. Previously, called Chaktomuk (which means the Four Faces), a name denoting the four rivers which converge at this point.  Here the Tonle Sap and the Mekong rivers join the lower Mekong and the Bassac River.

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1/2 Day Explore Genocide History

The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh can be divided into 12 districts or khans in Khmer. The most popular districts with tourists are Duan Penh and Chamkar Mon, however, here is some information on Phnom Penh’s other 10 districts and the main attractions and areas of interest in each. (more…)

Phnom Penh is a vibrant city, far removed from its harrowing past, Cambodia’s capital city attracts a steady flow of visitors. Designed around a grid system, the capital does not have a distinct city centre, however, the 3-mile (2-km) sweep of the riverfront known as Sisowath Quay is arguably the most attractive area in the city. (more…)

Image of the Cambodian Royal Palace - Phnom Penh

The Cambodian Royal Palace was built in the mid-19th century in the classic Khmer style and is the official residence of Cambodia’s reigning monarch, King Sihamoni. (more…)

Image of the front of Central Market in Phnom Penh

Central Market is located in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. The market opened in 1937 and at the time it was the biggest market in the whole of Asia. Anybody who has visited Cambodia recently will know it is still a very vibrant market. Between 2009 and 2011, it was subject to a $4.2 million renovation project funded by the French Development Agency. (more…)