Blue Skies over the Moonlight Pavilion at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh

The Pearl of Asia is reinventing itself as Cambodia's modern capital city

Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is situated at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ for its fine culture and architecture, Phnom Penh today continues to be a vibrant city having recovered from the dark legacy of Pol Pot in the 1970’s.

Cafes, restaurants and hotels line the riverfront while boutique shops and art galleries are dotted along smaller side streets. Rich in history, the city offers numerous cultural attractions and historical landmarks.


  • Exquisite royal palaces and ornate temples dating back to the 19th century
  • Beautiful French colonial buildings and villas dotted throughout the city
  • Nearby Koh Dach (Silk Island) is an ideal day trip to explore local handicrafts and village life
  • An intriguing history from its glory days as a French colony to its dark past under Pol Pot
Within Easy Reach Of...
Siem Reap 45min flight
Kep 3hr 30min drive
Sihanoukville 4hr 45min drive
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 55min flight
Bangkok, Thailand 1hr 10min flight
Travel Tips
  • The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are must-sees for all visitors
  • Stroll through the city and observe the unique architecture of Vann Molyvann who designed 100 buildings post-independence
  • For insight into Cambodia’s recent history, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Take in the city’s lively, riverside atmosphere with an evening walk along Sisowath Quay


Hotels We Recommend

Hôtel KVL

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, Families, MICE, Romance

Rosewood Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Suitable for:
Business, MICE

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