Siem Reap Vistior Guide 59th


P hnom Penh is a city in the midst of rapid change. But as skyscrapers rise and fast food restaurants multiply, the city still offers that traditional old mixture of Cambodian hospital- ity and Indochinese charm. Set at the confluence of three great rivers - the Chaktomuk or ‘four faces’ of the Mekong River - Phnom Penh is a city of more than 2 million people and the coun- try's commercial, economic and political hub. Though seeing significant development over the last 20 years, as a travel destination the city still has an adventurous air - from the historic sites and architecture, to the boutiques and bistros dotting the side streets, and the city’s leg- endary dusk-to-dawn nightlife. Many of the tourist areas and sights are in the old central city near the river where you may notice classic French colonial buildings amongst the Southeast Asian shophouses, pagodas and markets. Sights in the area include the ornate Royal Palace , the nearby National Museum , which is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, and the riverfront dining and shopping district. Khmer Rouge historical sites include the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial outside the city.

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