Whoosh! Maniacal motorcyclists drive past scuttling food-carts emanating pungent odours along broad tree-lined boulevards: it is another day in Phnom Penh. Sacred Khmer temples sit amid manicured tropical gardens, while graciously decaying French colonial villas remind passers-by of this city's long and sometimes painful history. Discover traditional – and contemporary! – workmanship on the art circuit, shop for fresh fish and exotic fruits in the Phsa Thom market, or gape at the mesmerising Apsara dance in the terracotta tones of the National Museum.
Located on Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh was originally called Krong Chaktomuk – City of Four Faces.
Take a day trip just out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeuong Ek, a memorial paying tribute to the tragic genocide of the 1970s. Back in the city, watch the sun go down on the balconies of the legendary Foreign Correspondents' Club as saffron-robed monks sit quietly on the waterfront of Sisowath Quay.