Phnom Penh is the commercial and political centre of Cambodia. A whirlwind of colours, aromas and sounds, Phnom Penh recounts tales of its heritage through various sites. The cultural and historical mosaic of Cambodia is captured well in Phnom Penh’s National Museum, a terracotta structure with traditional design. Apart from collections like various sculptures and pottery displays, the National Museum is most famous for its bronze Vishnu statue that was recovered near Angkor Wat.
Phnom Penh’s turbulent history is best preserved in its various sites. One such landmark is the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where thousands of innocent citizens were slaughtered during the 1970’s. The temple of Wat Phnom is situated on the only hill in Phnom Penh. It is said that this temple was built to house four Buddha statues that were found in a tree floating in a river. There are many shrines dedicated to various Buddhist and Hindu deities, but few attract visitors like the shrine of Daun Penh.
Exploring the city of Phnom Penh can build up an appetite. Thankfully, the city has a thriving food culture that is as unique as the rest of the capital. You can start your mornings with a typical Cambodian breakfast featuring smoky pork served with pickled cucumbers along with fried egg and rice. A bowl full of Bobor Cambodia's local rice porridge with fermented soy beans, pork belly and coriander is also a must-try in Phnom Penh.