Phnom Penh is the busy capital city of Cambodia which from the first glimpse is challenging for travelers. Although, there was a day it was considered a one of the most beautiful capitals in Asia, war and revolution did its impact and since then city is still rebuilding and imitates Fenix rising from the ashes. Situated on Mekong and Tonle Sap river junction with all those cafes, bars, restaurants and parks on its walkable riverfront Phnom Penh is ready to be explored!
Some of its highlights could be the ornate and glittering Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda or National Museum where you can find many artifacts from around the country. However, many of the travelers skip the bright and vibrant side of Phnom Penh and go visit gloomier and sorrowful part of it. With Security Prison 21 (S21) and Killing fields as their main attraction in the city. Both of these sights were used by Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. S21 was former secondary school transformed into a political prison and now serves as a museum chronicling the Cambodian genocide. While Killing Fields was a former orchard just 17 kilometers away from Phnom Penh transformed into a believed largest mass grave site where during Khmer Rouge reign around 17,000 Cambodian men, women and children were executed. The fields now serve as a stark educational reminder about the bitter past, so it would never repeat itself.
Phnom Penh streets are always full and buzzling with millions of motorbikes, cars and helpful tuk tuks. Traffic has no worries regarding pedestrians, the rule is similar as we witnessed in South Asia “Do not to stop! Just keep moving forward!”. In our opinion city has its own unique charm, spicy feel to it and commercial attitude where people strive for survival every day!
Best of luck planning your holidays in Cambodia!
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