The capital of the kingdom of cambodia, phnom penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers – the mekong, the Bassac and tonle Sap. The beauty that made it a ‘paris of the east’ before 1970 is unfortunately well hidden, though there are few french colonial buildings remaining. phnom penh can be an assault on the senses – motorbikes whiz through the backstreets without a thought for pedestrians; pungent scents float up from stalls and markets; and all the while the sound of life, reverberates all around. But this is all part of the attraction, it’s not just another metropolis; it is an older Asia that many dreamed of when first planning their adventures overseas.
Phnom penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough to appreciate the city’s attractions. visit the Silver pagoda of the royal palace, the national museum of Art’s has paintings, artifacts and sculpture dating back centuries and Wat phnom, the temple from which the city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery of the city’s past.
Top 5-stars Hotels in Phnom Penh
Located in Phnom Penh’s Old Quarter featuring colonial-style architecture, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra boasts an outdoor swimming pool.
Blending luxury with old-world charm, Raffles Hotel Le Royal features accommodations with private balconies offering pool or garden views. It also boasts a spa and 7 dining options.
Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel offers accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh. It features an outdoor swimming pool and guests enjoy complimentary use of spa facilities at Jasmine Spa.
InterContinental Hotels offers accommodation in the heart of Phnom Penh. It boasts an outdoor swimming pool lined with lounge chairs and a spa centre.
Set in a restored French colonial villa adjacent to the Royal Palace, Palace Gate Hotel offers accommodations in Phnom Penh with views of the Tonle Sap River.
Nestled within private gardens, Mane La Résidence offers accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh.