Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cruising to Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia has a history that is soaked in myth, spirituality, glory and tragedy, making this one of the most culturally unique and fascinating cities in Asia. From dining at the legendary hawkers that line the picturesque banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers - which converge in the city - to exploring the multitude of historic and religious sites, Phnom Penh has something for everyone and is one of Asia's must-visit destinations.

For a taste of Cambodia's deep spirituality and royal past, head to the Royal Palace, which is home to the world-famous Emerald Buddha and Silver Pagoda, both of which are among the country's most prized religious monuments. Nearby, the National Museum of Cambodia contains a series of exhibits detailing the rise of the Khmer Empire and providing information relating to the nation's most iconic religious site, Angkor Wat.

As many people will be aware, Cambodia's more recent history is somewhat less harmonious, with the Khmer Rouge military dictatorship having left the country emotionally scarred. To learn more about the atrocities committed, be sure to visit the emotionally-charged Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, both of which stand as moving tributes to those who suffered at the hands of the regime.

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