Arrival | Exploring Phnom Penh – the capital city
Before civil war broke out, Phnom Penh was nicknamed 'The Pearl of Asia', considered one of the finest cities in the region. Located in south-central Cambodia at the junction of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh has been Cambodia’s capital for most of the last six centuries and is a metropolis that is expanding its world presence with each passing day.
Enjoy a living history experience to understand the ancient, royal and recent history of Phnom Penh and the Kingdom of Cambodia. Explore Wat Phnom to understand the legend of Lady Penh, the founder of the city; visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital, considered some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. Also visit the National Museum, a Cambodia culture history museum designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917.