THE CITY OF PHNOM PENH

THE CITY OF PHNOM PENH

The capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. Populated by one million and five hundred thousand inhabitants, it is also the largest urban area of the country. Quickly expanding, Phnom Penh is, like many other cities of Asia, divided between modern development and traditional culture. It is also a city that was deeply marked by its recent history with the Khmer Rouge and civil wars, although its people’s desire to move forward is clear.

 

What to visit in Phnom Penh?

What to visit in Phnom Penh?

From the museum to the panoramic restaurant

As a capital city, Phnom Penh has many places to visit. The unmissable? For visitors who are eager for cultural discovery, it is imperative to visit the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom (which gave its name to the city) the silver pagoda (the most beautiful pagoda in the city) and the national museum of Cambodia. Also, if you are interested in the history of the Khmer Rouge, the Genocide Museum (also called Tuol Sleng or S21) and the Killing Fields offer a sombre insight into those dark days of Cambodia’s recent history.

To immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Phnom Penh, there is nothing better than the local markets. The most interesting are the Central Market to the north of the city, the Market Orussey at the centre and the Russian Market (called Phsar Toul Tom Pong in Khmer). If you want to explore further, venture into the smaller markets that you pass too as they will be full of interesting sights and sounds of real Cambodian markets.

You can also explore Phnom Penh by foot, walking in the shade of the many fruit trees along the sidewalks and discovering local shops and street stalls.

The Phnom Penh area also contains some small wonders that it would be a pity to overlook notably Silk Island, a few kilometres north of the city. This island, specialising in silk weaving as the name suggests, offers an oasis of calm after the hustle of the city. Enjoy the tranquillity of the Cambodian countryside before relaxing on the beach on the northern side of the island.