PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city of Cambodia with just over 1.5 milion people.
Phnom Penh also has some French influences about,, echoes of French colonisation under which Cambodia was known as part of “Indo-China”. Of course, Cambodia itself has its own culture and heritage too. Check out the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagado and Wat Phnom to name a few.
The top two tourist attractions are daunting and devastating, namely the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which reflect on some of Cambodia’s most sinistre past. The award winning film, “The Killing Fields”, brought Cambodia much world attention to the cruelty of the Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime
A more modern concern is the trafficking of humans, especially girls. Visit “Daughters of Cambodia” to see the charity that defends the rights of these young people.
On a more colourful note, explore the foods and goods for sale at the Central Market, Aeon Mall and Russian Market. Good bargains may include jewellery, antique coins, clothing, clocks, flowers, food, fabrics and shoes.