Phnom Penh – a highlight of Cambodia Travel2378
Phnom Penh is the largest city and also the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. It used to be called A special Asias Pearl in 1920s. This city has a lot of buildings influenced by French Architecture, together with a lot of other unique houses and buildings of Khmer Architecture. Having total population of about 2.2 million people, Phnom Penh is a cultural, political and commercial center of Cambodia, and a must-visit destination on Cambodia tourism.
As regards geographical location, Phnom Penh is situated at the confluence of three rivers, namely: the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap which was once considered as the 'Gem' of Indochina. Phnom Penh was also previously known as Krong Chaktomuk meaning "City of Four Faces". This name refers to the confluence where the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap rivers cross to form an "X" where the capital is situated.
The capital city still maintains its own impressing and considerable charms full of mysteries to be discovered.
Firstly, Phnom Penh has provincial peace and quiet atmosphere thanks to with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkor architecture. Phnom Penh is a traditional and cultural land, compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. A combination of old and new, a mixture of Asian exotica and Cambodian peoples hospitality are all waiting visitors from all corners of the world and welcome them to capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
There are many interesting sites as well as services for your Cambodia tours including five star hotels and budget guest houses, fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shops, neighborhood pubs, international discos and so on. One of the most famous attractions appealing to a great number of tourists is Royal Palace. Besides, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and Wat Phnom, all are to be missed. There are also several markets selling carvings, paintings, silk, silver, gems and even antiques. Most visitors, especially ladies stops here longer and longer as the souvenirs are all special to be gifts from Indochina Holidays for relatives and friends. Indeed, an ideal destination for leisure days is the surrounding suburb. The whole area of the outskirts of Phnom Penh is about 376 square kilometers big and is a perfect choice for a family vacation.
Wat Phnom or Hill Temple, a well-known city of Phnom Penh, was built in 1373 to house five statues of Buddha on a man-made hill 27 meters high. These five statues were floating down the Mekong in a Koki tree and an old wealthy widow named Daun Penh (Grandma Penh) saved them and set them up on this very hill for worshiping.
Phnom Penh, an Asian-City destination for tourists, is the world heritage site, the largest religious complex in the world, the temples of Angkor in the west, the beaches of the southern coast and the ethnic minorities of the North-eastern provinces. Phnom Penh is developing and changing but its own real original beauty is still remained to be contemplated.