Once known to Cambodians and all of Asia alike as “The Pearl of Asia,” this Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh is a sprawling urban area and home to significant global and domestic tourist destinations. From markets to temples, the best of Cambodian culture is on display in this busy city. Like many of Asia’s preeminent cities, Phnom Penh’s first impression can be a bit overwhelming. Its remarkable energy is manifest in a hustle and bustle many Westerners have never seen before. Ker & Downey’s local guides will ensure that your experience cuts beneath the layers of city chaos and frenetic modernity, to the heart of this exquisite city. With the help of your local curator, you’ll feast on the city’s finest foods, both traditional and progressive. Wherever it is possible to gain exclusive access to experts and behind-the-scenes experiences, Ker & Downey takes you deeper into the story.
Cambodia is an incredible site for traditional Khmer and French influenced architecture. From the stunning Silver Pagoda at the royal palace, to the Raffles Le Royale Hotel, you’ll hear echoes of an elegant past. A visit to the Psar Thmei market will take you into the enterprising nature of this resilient people, while you take in the grandeur of one of the world’s largest domes. As the day draws to a close, the serene views over the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers generate daily magic against the warm Asian sunset.
History lovers may want to make a stop at the Genocide museum or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. While definitely heavier items on your itinerary, these somber memorials give great insight into the strength of the Cambodian people as they have overcome incredibly sorrow.
Phnom Penh is the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia. It is also the commercial, political and cultural hub, boasting over 13 million citizens.
Visit the Sisowath Quay (or Riverside) and enjoy all the boulevard has to offer as it runs along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap. The Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and National Museums are other must see sights in Phnom Penh and contain great views into the Golden Age of this land and its prosperity.