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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and indeed is worth of being called “capital.” The image of Phnom Penh is that of exotic and exquisite experience for its tourists. Whether it is the radiance of the Royal Palace or saffron of robes of monks, Phnom Penh offers a glimpse into something that should be called nothing less than the best. Phnom Penh is said to be one of the undiscovered Asian gems. However, as the investors move in here, they are also adding a tinge of tourism to this classic city, thereby also changing the temperament of Phnom Penh.


Market in Phhom Penh

Phnom Penh is rightly said to stand at the threshold of present and past of Asia. For the tourists, this city is a reflection of both poverty as well as luxury. On one hand, you will notice extreme poverty in Phnom Penh and at the same time, you will be amused to find charm and richness in this classic city of Cambodia. With exceptional characteristics, Phnom Penh captivates your heart and body, mind and soul. You will find the natives fluttering through the Phnom Penh streets on the motorbikes as well as the pedestrians moving on the streets. It indeed brings you close to the Asian culture and tradition with the very essence and scent of markets and streets that would surely be a great experience for you!


Just a simple street of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh can rightly be called a city that has risen from the ruins of war. This city was once also known as the “Pearl of Asia.” However, the war and revolution blemished its “shining image.” Nevertheless, that is what happened in the past. Now, Phnom Penh is said to be rising continuously attracting several tourists all round the year. It is also called the coolest capital city of Cambodia.


 Inside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh


For the tourists, Phnom Penh is a gateway into beauty and exquisite experience. Whether it is discovering the latest fashion in the boutiques of the city or markets that offer beautiful tourists souvenir, tourists will be amused at the very essence of Phnom Penh. Besides, the delicacies at the city restaurants are bound to fill your nostrils with flavor and aroma that is trademark to Phnom Penh city.

S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh


Here are certain attractions near Phnom Penh that should definitely be on your “do-not-miss” list. Most people will visit the Royal Palace, the S-21 prison and the killing fillings. But here are others:

Phnom Chisor

It is a temple from Angkorian Era and rests peacefully on the lonely hill in Takeo Province. The admission ticket costs you merely US $3. It is advisable that tourists should wake up early in the morning to view the beautiful artwork of this temple otherwise the scorching heat of the midday would surely make it difficult for you to climb the hill.

The inscriptions in this temple date back to 11th century and in the past it was known as Suryagiri.

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary

Within the vicinity of Phnom Penh city, lays this wildlife sanctuary which is abode of several wildlife animals. These animals rest in various conditions that are being created in the wildlife sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary will give you a mix of safari as well as zoo. Inhabitants of this wildlife sanctuary include tigers, macaques, deer, rare birds, gibbons as well as Malayan sun bears.


Udong was the former capital of Cambodia. This place holds special historical importance because a lot of kings were crowned at this place. Today, the major source of attraction here are stupas as well as small lumps of Phnom Udong. It is sai to be one of the leading tourist attractions and those with enough time should definitely visit this victorious place.

Besides all these attractions, the tourists visiting Phnom Penh can also peep into the Asian culture as well as tradition of the natives.

And after or before, while in Cambodia, don’t forget Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Tonle Sap!

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