About Phnom penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh (population: 1.4 million) was once famous as the Pearl of Asia, but years of problems and war left Cambodian tourism in tatters. Things have finally become better and tourists are now flocking to the country in droves thanks to one particular tomb raider (read Angelina Jolie at her seductive best as Lara Croft).
Things to See and Do
The National Museum of Cambodia is the most famous attraction in Phnom Penh. The museum is full of beautiful gardens and ancient arts and relics from various archaeological sites across the country. The Royal Palace located behind the museum is equally popular. Full of beautiful architecture, it is best known for its gilded pavilion and the Silver Pagoda that is covered with as many as 5000 silver tiles. While in Phnom Penh, you would also want to cut back on your sleep for an early morning ride around Koh Dach to explore those traditional houses, silk weaving families and sleepy lanes. And before leaving the city, be sure to visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial to see soul-crushing stories of a country that was once ravaged by terror, by the demagogue and dictator Pol Pot.
How to Get Around
A cyclo is the most relaxing way to commute in Phnom Penh. Other options include motos (usually available in the main touristy areas) and tuk tuks.