To start with, we absolutely loved Phnom Penh and were more than happy to return here for a second visit while travelling around Cambodia.
The capital of Cambodia was a prosperous city, with the modern Royal palace structure, fine colonial buildings and the grand art deco ‘Central Market’ built by the 1930’s. After independence from France in 1954, the city flourished with the state of the art ‘New Khmer Architecture’ and embraced the further development until horrific events started to take place in 1975.
During the Khmer Rouge era the city was evacuated and the whole country was isolated from the outside world for over 3 years during which time millions of Cambodians were brutally tortured and later killed. The country and it’s economy has suffered for many years afterwards.
Today the capital is chilled and welcoming, offering its visitors a tremendous amount of historical and cultural sights, restaurants, rooftop bars, spas and other simple joys.
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