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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

An exotic gem on the banks of the beautiful Mekong River, Phnom Penh is reminiscent of an older Asia—and a source of constant nostalgia for travelers. A city that has witnessed extreme ups and downs, Phnom Penh never fails to charm, excite and captivate. The awe-inspiring temples, sweeping French boulevards, luscious lakes and the chaotic cacophony on the streets are what define this magnifying city. With a new wave of investors and capital pouring in, Phnom Penh may just be ready for a striking revival that once made it a thriving travel and cultural hub of Southeast Asia.

Hotels

A fast-growing metropolis, Phnom Penh is opening its doors to waves of visitors in the form of new accommodation ranging from the low-budget backpacker guesthouses to the mid-range boutique hotels and extravagant palaces.

Food & Drink

The culinary heartland of Cambodia, Phnom Penh loves its food. From French dining to a zappy fusion of Thai, Vietnamese and local Cambodian cuisine, this city has it all. One of the star attractions here is undoubtedly the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club with its delightful desserts and tempting cocktails.

Shopping

The best buys in Phnom Penh include Cambodian silk, local silverware, traditional handicrafts, religious artifacts and made-to-order clothes. For a real Asian-style market experience, amble down the Art Deco central market, where everything from flowers to electronic items is sold.

Nightlife

A far cry from the wild west days of the early 90’s when bouncers escorted soldiers and other clientele with AK-47’s, Phnom Penh’s nightlife venues are now safe and have opened their doors to everybody. Some of the most happening clubs and bars here include Heart of Darkness, Sharky’s Bar, Rubies and Martini Pub.

Spa

A time-honored tradition, a relaxed and healthy massage is never too far away in this city. With the timeless grace of Khmer hospitality and tradition, massage parlors and spas are located throughout Sisowath Quay along the riverfront and the Boeung Keng Kang 1 area.

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