Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Royal Palace by Night

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital and its largest city. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation’s center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, economics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia.

Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, it was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1434, the city is noted for its beautiful and historical architecture and attractions. There are a number of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phnom_penh)

Phnom penh airportIt’s easy to get to the Capital, with their International Airport. There are many carriers who fly there. You can also get some great deals. Once you are there, you have a good choice of gay and gay-friendly hotels and guesthouses. There’s a lot to do and see in the day time. There are the reminders of the civil war in the 1970s – Toul Sleng Genocide and Cheoung Ek (Killing Fields) are very moving experiences. The Royal Palace and National Museum make a great day out in themselves. You can also hire a pleasure boat on the Mekong (US$20 an hour for the entire boat!). There are also hidden gems, such as Wat Phnom, where you can feed the monkeys and sit and enjoy the view.

Taboo restaurant phnom penh 01032011075There’s plenty of good restaurants, with an abundance of French and local food to choose from. The night life is electric and there are many bars, clubs, saunas and spas to keep you out of (or in to) mischief. A night stroll along the Sisowath Quay, can possibly lead to a meeting of some of the local Khmer community. For a romantic evening try a Dinner River Cruise at sunset.

 

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Building in Phnom Penh, View from Mekong River 2