Phnom Penh is the vibrant capital of Cambodia clinging to the junction of the Tonle Sac, Bassac and Mekong Rivers. It was founded in 1434 and modernized by French colonialists in the early 1920’s. The city is home to the Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom, markets, museums, and enterprise. It hums with an energy and spirit hard to hold still. Often a short stopover for travelers heading for Siem Reap and the Angkor temples, the bustling city is becoming an attraction in itself for its low cost, high value accommodation, food and nightlife.
The city welcomes visitors. It has a new international airport. Buses from Thailand and Vietnam and teak-paneled riverboat ships serve those with more leisure time. Its 317 hotels host 15,000 rooms and prices are highly competitive. Phnom Penh deserves a longer stay.