A mixture of Asian exotica, Indochinese charm and Cambodian hospitality await the visitor to Phnom Penh. Situated at the confluence of three great rivers – the ‘four arms’ of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac – Phnom Penh is the commercial and political hub of Cambodia as well as home to over a million of the county’s 14 million people. It is also the gateway to an exotic land…the temples of Angkor in the west, the beaches of the southern coast and the ethnic minorities and jungles of the northeastern provinces.
The city offers several cultural and historical attractions itself including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. There are of course the killing fields themselves as well as the museum. There is also a wide variety of accommodation and services including five star hotels and budget guest houses, fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shops, pubs, clubs and more.
Phnom Penh, like other Cambodian tourist destinations, is in the midst of rapid change. Over the past few years the number of restaurants and hotels has grown considerably and in the last year there has been a huge increase in the number of visitors. There are many direct daily flights from several Asian cities and more than a dozen overland border crossings have opened since 1998. Even travel within the country is easier with several new airlines flying domestic routes, additional flights to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor, regular bus service to cities like Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Kampong Cham and Kampong Chhnang. Road conditions throughout the country continue to improve with most of the National Routes now in excellent condition.