Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. Once known as the "Pearl of Asia," it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina.

It retains the look and feel of Asia even though it has risen from the darkened ashes of war that took place during the 70’s and 80’s. It is a vibrant centre of fascinating culture, bustling cafes and bars and a world-class food scene.

Phnom Penh is a compact city and easy to navigate on foot, as it is set out in a grid system similar to New York. The most significant cultural sights are located near the riverfrontin the most beautiful past of town. Most other sights are a short tuk-tuk ride away

There is so much to do and see –

Top 10 must see tourist suggestions

  1. Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
  2. The National Museum
  3. Tual Sleng Genocide Museum
  4. The Killing Fields
  5. The Markets – eg The Central and Russian markets
  6. The Plae Pakaa Cultural Show
  7. River Cruises
  8. Riverfront Bars and Restaurants
  9. Cooking Classes
  10. Bike tours on Silk Island

Food :

Phnom Penh is a delight for foodies. Khmer and French cooking are the local specialities but there is also a wide range of restaurants that showcase the world’s cuisine. Worth mentioning are a selection of restaurants run by aid organisations that employ local as part of training programmes or whose profits go directly to aid Cambodia’s recovery. Click here for our suggestions