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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a city of magnificent temples, crumbling colonial architecture, lively streets and markets, wild nightlife and booming development. Located at a unique location in Cambodia at the meeting of the "Four Rivers," Phnom Penh is an excellent location to see and explore the mighty waters that flow through Cambodia. The bustling markets of Phnom Penh are great for people-watching and shopping. Phnom Penh is also home to numerous historical monuments and museums, including those related to the Khmer Rouge. Phnom Penh's nightlife offers excitement, with clubs and bars open all night.

Sights

Four Rivers: Four fluvial arms meet at Phnom Penh, creating an X through which the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac Rivers flow, the Tonle Sap changing directions based on the volume of water flowing down from the Mekong.

Riverside: Offers a great view of the 4 rivers, strolling paths, grass, people watching and a great selection of restaurants and bars.

Wat Phnom: Hill-top temple in the center of the city after which Phnom Penh was named. It is a gathering place on holidays and hosts many monkeys, shady trees and an elephant.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21): Nearly 20,000 prisoners were tortured in this former high school turned prison by the Khmer Rouge and later killed. The museum is a haunting building to visit.

Choeng Ek Killing Fields Memorial: Located just outside Phnom Penh, thousands were executed in this Khmer Rouge extermination camp. It now features a memorial stupa displaying thousands of human skulls and pits of bones and clothing where people were executed.

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Gold, Silver, gemstones and artwork are to be found inside the Royal Palace compound near the riverside.

Wat Ounalom: The head Buddhist monastery in Cambodia, located on the riverside.

National Museum: A beautiful piece of architecture featuring the finest collection of Khmer sculptures in the world.

Independence Monument: Located at the center of the intersection of Sihanouk and Norodom Boulevards, the monument commemorates Cambodia's independence from France.

Phsar Thmei (Central Market): Featuring four wings and high ceilings, the domed market is a central landmark in the city and is great to explore.

Phsar Toul Tompung (Russian Market): This is the best market to shop for souvenirs. It also sells clothing, DVDs, CDs and books.

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