There was a time when the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, was called the 'Pearl of Asia'. After the French colonisation of this region in the early 20th century, the city was made the national capital and continued to grow rapidly in the years that followed. It was the series of disastrous political events from the mid-1950s to the year 1979 that took away almost all of the city's charm. Over the past few years, the Cambodian capital has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations of the country. People from different corners of the world visit the city to experience its unique offerings.
The Architectural Marvels
During your holidays to phnom penh, you'll get to explore some magnificent buildings built in the classic Khmer style of architecture. Among them is the National Museum of Cambodia, which is the leading archaeological and historical museum of the country. It was designed by a French polymath called George Groslier in the traditional Khmer architecture. This museum is home to one of the largest collections of Khmer artefacts in the world. You'll also be delighted to visit the Royal Palace, which is a major landmark of this city and also an excellent example of the classic Khmer architecture.
Sunset Boat Tours
As the city is situated at the meeting point of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, you'll get the opportunity to enjoy the sunset cruises or boat tours that are offered by the local tour operators. While cruising through these rivers, you can enjoy the best views of this city and Tonle Sap's floating villages. The boat tours and sunset cruises also allow you to savour a delicious onboard meal while watching the setting sun. Some of the tour operators providing such tours can also arrange hotel pickups and drops, making the entire trip a hassle-free and memorable experience.
Cambodian Motorcycle Rickshaws
One of the most common modes of transportation across the country is the motorcycle rickshaw or 'tuk-tuk'. It comprises a carriage, which is pulled by a motorcycle and provides enough space for passengers and their luggage. Also called 'remork motos', these motorcycle taxis are the popular means of getting around in the capital. Although the Indian-style autorickshaws have made their presence felt on the streets of the city, these motorcycle rickshaws are especially preferred by those who wish to get to a particular point in Phnom Penh with a heavy luggage.
Phnom Penh Nightlife
You'll get to witness a thrilling nightlife in the capital city of Cambodia after the sun goes down. This is the time when the bars and nightclubs come alive with some fabulous offerings in their night-time entertainment. Some of the bars provide cheap beer at certain times during the evening. Many others would also be willing to drop their prices to a great extent to bring in the early customers. Backpackers can also enjoy some great entertainment in certain nightclubs during the weekends with DJs, live music, and a fantastic atmosphere. Most of the bars in this city do not stay open beyond 1 am, but there are quite a few that are open until dawn.
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