Phnom Penh is located on the banks of two rivers that flow together, the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River. The city is developing at a fast pace, high buildings begin to rise from the ground, but also many small hotels and restaurants open their doors. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are undoubtedly the most important icons of the city. Here lives the current King Norodom Sihamoni, the son of former King Sihanouk.
• Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: built half 19th century in traditional Khmer style
• National Museum: an impressive building, this museum displays many ancient statues and sculptures, mostly from the many temples in Cambodia
• What Ounalum (1443): Headquarters of the Buddhists in Cambodia
• Wat Phnom: built on the only "hill" in Cambodia with beautiful Buddha images
• Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: this school was taken over by Pol Pot in 1975 and turned into a prison and biggest torture place in the country. Most of the 17,000 people who were brought to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek stayed here
• Central Market (Psar Thmei): art deco style with a high yellow dome. The best market in the city with clothing, souvenirs, eating fried insects to frogs. Bargain well!
Outside Phnom Penh
• Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (15 km): it is a shock when you see a monument with 8985 skulls, in memory of the people who were brutally killed here less than 30 years ago
• Tonle Bati (30 km): temples from the Angkor era
• Phnom Chisor (50 km): This Angkor temple stands on a hill with stunning views over the surrounding plains
• Udong: the former capital of Cambodia