Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap rivers. With a population of around 2.3 million people, the city is the political, economic and cultural center of Cambodia, and it has a rich history and cultural heritage, with landmarks and attractions that reflect its past and present. The Royal Palace, with its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, is a popular tourist destination, as is the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses a vast collection of Khmer art and artifacts.

The city is also known for its vibrant street life, bustling markets, and delicious cuisine, which draws influences from both Cambodian and international flavors. Popular dishes include fish amok, a steamed fish curry wrapped in banana leaves, and lok lak, a stir-fry dish of beef or chicken served with rice.

Despite its rapid modernization in recent years, Phnom Penh still bears the scars of Cambodia's tragic history, including the Khmer Rouge regime and the genocide that claimed the lives of millions of Cambodians in the 1970s. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields are poignant reminders of this dark period in the country's history.

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Set along the confluence of the Mekong River and Tonle River, Phnom Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Evoking a distinctive Southeast Asia feel, this charismatic city’s burgeoning food and nightlife scene adds to its charm. Savour some of the world’s oldest living cuisines, which showcases a delightful contrast in flavours and textures including the popular amok trey made with freshwater fish, lemongrass, garlic, coconut, peanuts, and egg, steamed in banana leaves. For breakfast, both the rice porridge babor and the pork broth rice noodle soup kuy teav are a refreshing way to start off the day.

Explore the cultural sites starting at The Royal Palace to walk around the grounds and view its two splendid pagodas. Glimpse at the inspiring exhibits at the National Museum of Cambodia. Stroll along the Riverside’s pretty boulevard, filled with cafés and small shops. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide insight into the country’s more recent history. Take a short tuk tuk ride to wander around the stalls at the Central Market or Russian Market. Vibrant Phnom Penh—experience the magic.
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