Phnom Penh which can be translated to Penh’s Hill is the capital and largest city of Cambodia with its 2 million inhabitants. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers in the south east part of the country it is by far the biggest economical, political and cultural centre of Cambodia.
Phnom Penh overview
The city was once named the Paris of the East, mainly because of its majestic boulevards and many French style buildings including the Royal Palace and Phsar Thmei. It has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia in 1866 and remained after the country’s independence in the 1960. Phnom Penh was evacuated under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 70s to be later repopulated and revitalized in the 80s and 90s.
Some of the main attractions include the Royal Palace, the National Museum both built during the French period and Wat Phnom from where you have great views over the city. The riverfront is also worth visiting, lined with bistros, restaurants, boutique hotel and night clubs.
Phnom Penh is also a great starting point to explore the kingdom of Cambodia. The world famous temples of the Angkor complex are located a few hundred kilometres west of the city, and further south are located the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville.
Phnom Penh is a good place to unwind and watch the street life, while enjoying croissants in a cafe. It is perhaps not for everyone, as lot of hustling can be done on the street but it is definitely worth visiting if you are looking for a relatively new travel destination a bit more on the edge.
Phnom Penh best hotels
Phnom Penh has some of Cambodia’s most sought after accommodations including some of the finest luxury hotels. The following is a selection of the best rated 5 Stars and 4 Stars offering some great value for money.
Check out the best hotel deals in Phnom Penh, with up to 75% discount.
- Raffles Hotel Le Royal, 5 Stars Hotel
- Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex, 5 Stars Hotel
- InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- Villa Salt Boutique Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel
- White Mansion Boutique Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel
Phnom Penh images
The following is a selection of some of Phnom Penh’s best photographs. It includes some of the city’s most important sites.
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Phnom Penh video
The following is an HD Film about the best of Phnom Penh created by Mat Siems and including some of the city’s most important sites.