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Why Visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The vibrant capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is situated at the merging point of three rivers: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac, and the great Tonle Sap. With its scenic riverside promenade, outstanding Buddhist wats, and majestic palaces, the charming "Paris of the East" will make you fall in love with Asia.

This gem of Indochina is believed to be founded in the 14th century by a legendary woman, Penh. The city was also collectively known as "Krong Chaktomuk" or the "City of Four Faces", referring to its geographic location at the crossroads of three rivers that form an "X".

Today, Cambodia's hectic capital city combines provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards situated amidst ancient Angkorian architecture. This veritable oasis is a fantastic mixture of Asian exotica, the famous Cambodian hospitality, and French colonial heritage.

Among the most iconic Phnom Penh landmarks is the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings that serve as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Gleaming in gold, the Phnom Penh Royal Palace is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement of the city. Built-in 1866 by His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom, the palace is made up of four major parts centered by the famous Throne hall, a 59-meter decorated tower used for official celebrations and coronations.

The Royal Treasury and the Villa of Napoleon II are in the south of the complex, the Silver Pagoda enclosure (known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha) stands in the north. The Khemarin Palace and inner court are on the remaining sides of the palace. The main highlight of the Royal Palace is the sacred white elephant, the most auspicious and revered symbol of royal beneficence within Cambodia.

Moreover, to learn more about the history of the city, check out other unmissable Phnom Penh attractions like the National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields, and Wat Phnom.

Still thinking if Phnom Penh is worth visiting? Apart from its rich historical and cultural heritage, this many-sided city is also famous for its diverse nightlife and impressive restaurant scene.

Best Things To Do in Phnom Penh

  • Pay a visit to the Royal Palace
  • Explore the Phnom Penh markets
  • Learn more about Cambodian history in the National Museum
 

Moreover, among the other must-sees are the bustling Phnom Penh markets. Feel like a local and let yourself get lost among numerous cozy shops offering a great selection of carvings, paintings, silk, and even antiques.

 

All of the mentioned above is far from everything that this exotic city has to offer. So don't miss the chance to discover the wonders of Phnom Penh during your Cambodia itinerary and enjoy your time in Asia to the fullest!

 

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