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Phnom Penh

Written 10 February 2022
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, is the capital and largest city in Cambodia. It is now a cultural, commercial, and political center on the converge of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers that offers a unique blend of traditional charm and urban bustle.

It is a place of diverse economic and urban growth. A swift wave of development has brought in new highrise buildings--including a 30-storey business center--restaurants catering to every palate, and stylish hotels providing all levels of luxury. Contributing to this development is a burgeoning culinary and nightlife scene that matches other cities in the region.

Phnom Penh also features historical and cultural attractions, along with opportunities to sample local Cambodian culture. Here, classic colonial facades endure alongside sleek new eateries, golden-spired pagodas, and buzzing markets-- all evidence of the dynamic energy of Phnom Penh's city streets. The city’s famous riverfront is lined with trendy pubs, bistros, and restaurants. Stores offering beautiful Cambodian silk products and chic galleries dot the side streets. Add to this is a blooming arts scene and a heady dusk-to-dawn nightlife. So you'll understand why Phnom Penh has become such a well-loved and compelling tourist destination.