Deserted during the Khmer Rouge regime and repopulated only after 1979, Cambodia’s capital city lies at the confluence of three rivers and is now the nation’s economic, political and cultural center. Soak in the city’s charm by visiting historical attractions during the day, such as the Independence Monument, and enjoying an inventive cocktail at a hotel rooftop bar at night.
Khmer Architecture Tours
Cambodian artists, architects and students volunteer at this non-profit group to lead English language tours. Sign up for the “1960s New Khmer Architecture” tour to see buildings designed by the late Van Molyvann, or the “Four Religions of Phnom Penh” tour, which includes a visit to a Buddhist wat, Chinese temple, Cham mosque and Carmelite chapel.