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Phnom Penh Travel Guide
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Located at the junctures of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap Rivers, Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, has a population of about 1.5 million. The city retains its traditional and colonial charm in spite of the years of wars. French colonial style villas alongside tree-lined boulevards remind the visitors that the city was once the gem of South East Asia. During the current political changes an economic boom has surged, with new hotels, bars, nightclubs and restaurants opening up around the city.

"The Paris of the East" as it was once known, became a ghost town during 5 years after the forced evacuation in 1975 by the infamous Khmer Rouge. Today the capital has revived, retaining some of its pre-war charm. Motorbikes and transport for the masses, and a relaxing ride in pedicap, or"cyclo" is one way to get acquainted with some of the highlights of this once beautiful city. The numerous colonial villas and parks are being restored. Taxis are a good way to discover the city for short excursions.

Phnom Penh still holds an undeniable charm despite its tumultuous and violent history. It is home to some impressive Wats or temple-monasteries that include: Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and Wat Lang Ka. You can also visit the spectacular Silver Pagoda, 1 of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts exemplifying the richness of Khmer culture can still be seen. Other displays of Khmer crafts can be found in the National Museum and the Royal Palace, King Norodom Sihanouk's official residence.