Phnom Penh is a place like no other and it would be a mistake to over-look this remarkable capital city which is simply bursting with character. Despite its picturesque location along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers it can feel quite gritty when compared with other Asian capitals, but it’s this raw atmosphere that creates its charm. As if showcasing Phnom Penh’s complicated history, you’ll find a mixture of Khmer temples built in the 13th century, old French colonial buildings with faded fronts and peeling paint, and narrow Chinese-style houses across the districts. The city’s people however are very straightforward. Always smiling, always gentle, always happy to help.
Khmer people have an admirable resilience across the country but here in the capital you’ll find another level of innovation as city-dwellers come up with creative ways to prosper. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a collection of weird and wonderful initiatives from rooftop bars on skyscrapers consisting of a single park bench to an abundance of speakeasy bars and expat restaurants. Escape the touristy marketplaces in the centre and head to Street 240 behind the Royal Palace where you’ll find local charity organisations and NGO run boutiques, cafes and restaurants all working with the resourceful community.
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