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Phnom Penh Information

Fast Facts:

Area: 678.46 km2 (261.95 sq mi)

Population (2012): 1,501,725

Density: 2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)

Highlights:

Wat Phnom, Khmer Rouge History, Phnom Penh City Sights, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Night Market (Phsar Reatrey), watch the streetlife and absorb the local color.

Phnom Penh Vignette:

The city is slowly gaining high rise buildings and traffic lights. The beauty that made it a 'Paris of the East' before 1970 is unfortunately well hidden, though there are few French colonial buildings remaining. The most pleasant strolling is to be done along park-like riverfront, which hosts cafés and restaurants aplenty. Standard tourist sights are few, which makes the city a place to relax, watch the streetlife and absorb the local color.

Description:

Phnom Penh, the Capital of Kingdom of Cambodia, Suituated at the junction of the three great rivers- the Mekong, the Tonle Basac and the Tunle Sap. Phnom Penh is the city of opposites exotic Southeast Asian culture and up -and-coming modernity. a small capital city it manage to retain its charm at the same time as offering a varied lifestyle and many attractive options for entertainment.It is gaining a reputation for business and also represents a convenient gateway to other areas of Cambodia, with good transport links.

Phnom Penh offers travelers a combination of Asian characteristics and a generous hospitality typical of the people of Cambodia. In addition to being the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the center of politics, economy, and trade of the country.         

The city is also the gateway to the magical land of the Kingdom: the temples of Angkor in the west, the white sand beaches in Sihanoukville and Kep.  Also, in the highland area of the northeast are many ethnic minorities who inhabit the forests of Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri.  Among the many attractions in Phnom Penh you can visit of several cultural and historical attractions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. There are also a wide variety of services including five star hotels and budget guest houses, fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shops, neighborhood pubs international discos and more.

As well as the attractions listed above. Phnom Penh is a good place for shopping for souvenirs and other items. you can find all sorts of traditional handicrafts, silks, gems, antiques and textiles shop around because prices vary. Try the Russian Market, where you can get the best souvenirs at reasonable prices and a huge variety of cheap DVDs and CDs. The Central Market has better selections of closthing and postcards. You can also find a lot of art galleries and shops along Street 178. Once you have finished seeing the sights, and bying still you drop, relax with a cool drink on the river front, and allow this excitable yet relaxing city to work its magic on you while the sun set.