Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and largest city, is located at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonlé Sap, and Bassac rivers. Phnom Penh has recently experienced and economic boom, and new hotels and restaurants continue to be built in response to the growing tourism industry. Visitors enjoy shopping at the stalls in the unmistakable Art-Deco Phsar Thom Thmei market and viewing the many examples of French colonial, ancient Khmer, and New Khmer architecture around the city.
It is easiest to get around the city by motorcycle-taxi, tuk-tuk, or cyclo. Ask your driver to take you to Wat Phnom—the temple from which the city takes its name—the Royal Palace, and the National Museum. For the more serious-minded tourists and historians, a record of Cambodian’s experiences under vicious Khmer Rouge leadership (between 1975 and 1979) can be found at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields at Cheoung Ek, about 17km to the south of the city. Budget hotels can be found along the river and around Boeung Kak Lake. More luxurious Phnom Penh hotels can be found near the foreign embassies. Use EasyToBook.com to search for budget hotels and competitive rates on hotels in Phnom Penh.
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