Phnom Penh, the vibrant and bustling capital of Cambodia, is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. Situated at the confluence of three rivers – the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, the city exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkor architecture.
The city is an ideal destination for a leisurely day tour, with the Royal Palace; the Silver Pagoda; the National Museum; the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum; the Choeng Ek Killing Fields; Wat Phnom; and several market places selling carvings, paintings, silk, silver, gems and even antiques.
The city takes its name from the renowned Wat Phnom Daun Penh (nowadays known as “Wat Phnom” or “Hill Temple”), a 27-metre hill which was built in 1373 to house five statues of Buddha. These five statues were floating down the Mekong in a Koki tree and an old wealthy widow named Daun Penh (Grandma Penh) saved them and set them up on this very hill for worshipping. Phnom Penh was also previously known as Krong Chaktomuk (Chaturmukha) meaning “City of Four Faces”. This name refers to the confluence where the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap rivers cross to form an “X” where the capital is situated.
Phnom Penh is also the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor; the beaches of the southern coast; and the ethnic minorities of the Northeastern provinces. The city offers a wide variety of services which range from five star hotels to budget guest houses, fine international cuisine to sidewalk noodle shops, neighborhood pubs, international discos, and much more.
Phnom Penh, like other Asian city tourist destinations, is in the midst of rapid change. Over the past few years the number of restaurants and hotels has grown considerably and in the last year there has been a huge increase in the number of visitors.
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