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PHOTOS: The Streets of Phnom Penh

by Keith Hajovsky

Most travellers who visit Cambodia only go to Siem Reap to see the Temples of Angkor, which are some of the most spectacular ruins in all the world. However, the capital city of Phnom Penh is a worthwhile visit as well.

Known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ during the French colonial days, Phnom Penh then experienced some of mankind’s darkest moments during the brutal years of the Khmer Rouge. But since the 90s, it has witnessed a spectacular revival.

You could easily spend several days in this often overlooked city while enjoying its great markets and restaurants and exploring the Royal Palace, the National Museum, the killing fields of Choeung Ek and some interesting wats. It’s also a great city to just wander around and see how the locals live their day-to-day lives.
 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia