PHOTOS: The Streets of Phnom Penh

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.
 

The Streets of Phnom Penh

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Buddhist monks going home via tuk-tuk after a full day of studies at a nearby temple.

Keith Hajovsky

Keith has criss-crossed the globe while adventuring, working, volunteering and living in more than 40 countries scattered across five continents. Exploring and photographing the world is his passion, and he enjoys inspiring and helping others to do the same. Whether backpacking it, staying in 5-star hotels or anything in between, he believes experiencing and interacting with other cultures enriches our lives and helps us to better understand the complex and diverse world we live in.