Phnom Penh General Information:
• Founded 1372
• Became Capital 1865
• Area: Total - 678.46 km2 (261.95 sq mi), Elevation - 11.89 m (39.01 ft)
• Population in 2012: Total - 1,501,725
• Weather: tropical wet and dry climate
• River: Mekong River
Phnom Penh Top attractions:
• The Royal Palace
• The National Museum of Cambodia
• Wat Phnom
• Sisowath Quay aka Riverside
• Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison)
• The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
• Independence and Liberation memorials
• Central Market
• Russian Market
Phnom Penh Description:
Phnom Penh is also a gateway to Cambodia...the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap City in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns on along the southern coast (Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong,) the minority peoples, jungles and wildlife of the northeast provinces and a wide-open, unspoiled countryside of rice paddies, little villages and lost temples across the country.
A mixture of Cambodian hospitality, Asian exotica and Indochinese charm await the visitor to Phnom Penh. Situated at the confluence of three great rivers - known as the 'Chaktomuk' (four faces) or 'Quatre Bras' (four arms) of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers - Phnom Penh is a city of more than 2 million people, the capital of Cambodia and the country's commercial, economic and political hub.
Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But that’s history, and Phnom Penh has risen from the ashes to take its place among the cool capitals of the region. Delve into the ancient past at the National Museum or struggle to make sense of the recent trauma at Tuol Sleng Museum. Browse the city’s markets for a bargain or linger in the beautiful boutiques that are putting Phnom Penh on the style map. Street-surf through the local stalls for a snack or enjoy the refined surrounds of a designer restaurant. Whatever your flavour, no matter your taste, it’s all here in Phnom Penh. Learn more about Mekong River Trip.