Introduction to Phnom Penh
It may be the largest city in Cambodia both in terms of population and geographical size, but Phnom Penh still remains relatively hidden in terms of tourism. One of Asia’s last undiscovered gems that boasts a wealth of history dating back to 1434. Such history is what usually lures travellers to the city – Phnom Penh being the most popular stay over to reach the legendary Angkor Wat.
As Cambodia’s capital, the city has long been influenced by its period of French colonisation, a trait that can practically be seen around every corner. Its food also bares the benefits of French origins, best sampled via a plate of banana pancakes, or a crusty Asian-meets-French bread roll known as Num Pang.
While it still remains reasonably unscathed as a typical tourist haunt, Phnom Penh still buzzes like any Asian capital. The metropolitan area is home to 2.2 million residents and is the wealthiest part of Cambodia. In recent years the city has been enjoying a double figure economic boom with hotels, bars and restaurants springing up consistently.
Such a rise has rubbed off on other sectors too. Shopping is excellent in Phnom Penh and to ensure tourism continues to grow the city sky scrapers are being constructed as real estate prices rise. Sisowath Quay is an area in the city where visitors flock to. Dining, shopping and accommodation are all on offer along this 3 kilometre strip which backs onto the Tonle Sap River.