• The area of Phnom Penh covers 678. 46 square kilometres
  • Estimated population of 2,009,264 people in 2015
  • It was founded in 1372 and became Cambodia’s capital in 1865.
  • Phnom Penh International Airport is the largest airport in Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is home to some of Cambodia’s oldest structures, some of which date back to the founding days of the city in 1373. The Royal Palace and the National Museum were constructed during the French colonial era. The era also left sprawling colonial villas all over the city and are carefully preserved by the local government. The Royal Palace is open from Sunday to Saturday with an entrance fee of 21, 592 KHR while the National Museum is also open from Sunday to Saturday with an entrance fee of 20, 450 KHR.

For shopping enthusiasts, the Russian Market is the one place they should include in their itinerary during their visit to Phnom Penh. You can find plenty of souvenir items here and some branded clothing as well; although the authenticity is not ensured. There are also a variety of antiquities, fabrics, and jewellery. But bring some bargaining skills when you visit this market, as the sellers are a little bit hard to haggle with especially if you are a tourist. Also, avoid Duty Free shopping here since the prices are almost doubled.

The culinary reputation of Phnom Penh was not really as popular as other Cambodian culinary cities until recently. The Ambau Khmer Restaurant offers a mix of indoor and outdoor Khmer dining while Armand’s The Bistro is a popular and more sophisticated French bistro located in Wat Phnom. Phnom Penh also has some of the most affordable and quality wines in Asia.

Country : Cambodia

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Phnom Penh is known for its majestic temples. Wat Phnom is one that is known for its history and physical structure. The surroundings are green with a few monkeys still choosing to keep residence in that area. There used to be an elephant ride attraction but it was stopped due to environmental reasons.

Phnom Bakeng, a 10th century Hindu temple, is also a popular tourist site. So popular, that the US Embassy in Phnom Penh donated $450,000 to the World Monuments Fund to preserve this temple.

Phnom Penh may be one of the places here in our planet that has kept its natural and historical values in tact over the years. Hopefully, the tourists who visit this city help preserve this treasure for the future generations to experience.