The capital of the kingdom of cambodia, phnom penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers - the mekong, the Bassac and tonle Sap. The beauty that made it a 'paris of the east' before 1970 is unfortunately well hidden, though there are few french colonial buildings remaining. phnom penh can be an assault on the senses - motorbikes whiz through the backstreets without a thought for pedestrians; pungent scents float up from stalls and markets; and all the while the sound of life, reverberates all around. But this is all part of the attraction, it’s not just another metropolis; it is an older Asia that many dreamed of when first planning their adventures overseas.
Phnom penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough to appreciate the city's attractions. visit the Silver pagoda of the royal palace, the national museum of Art’s has paintings, artifacts and sculpture dating back centuries and Wat phnom, the temple from which the city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery of the city's past.