Phnom Penh, the largest city in Cambodia, has been its capital since French colonial days. Once known as “the pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh is considered one of the prettiest of the cities the French built in Indochina though the city is still recovering from war and revolution. French influence can still be found today. Located on the Mekong River, the city actually dates back to the 15th century. Top attractions include the Royal Palace and the National Museum, which contains a large collection of Khmer artifacts. The night market or Phsar Reatrey is a good place to pick up handcrafted items and souvenirs.
Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s cultural and historical hub, with countless monumental artifacts sprawled across the city. Put the Cambodian capital on your 2015 travel itinerary and discover a beautiful city once known as the “Pearl of Asia.”
Discover Phnom Penh on a private city tour and walk around the narrow streets past houses from the French colonial era. Stop by at the Silver Pagoda and National Museum before visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where you will learn about Phnom Penh’s past during the Khmer Rouge era.
After exploring the heart of the city, cycle through Phnom Penh’s countryside and visit Koh Dach Island. Here you will see monks in saffron robes and village women weaving silks down the orchard lane. Continue to Oudong trail and drive through small villages stilted over ponds or rice fields before climbing up a temple’s 500 steps for a panoramic view of the city.
While in Phnom Penh, go on a boat ride along the Mekong River to Mekong Island and witness the locals’ cultural traditions deeply rooted in their religion. On your ride back to the city, witness a dramatic sunset from the still waters at the junction of Tonle Sap, Tonle Bassac and the Mekong Rivers.