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The Lush city of Phnom Penh that sits in the middle of where three major Cambodian rivers meet – Bassac, Mekong, and Tonle Sap Rivers, is also the nation’s capital and largest city. The historical city founded in the 1400s has countless treasures from kingdoms past during Angkor rule, the Khmers, and French colonization in the 1900s. Ancient architecture and the rich cultural heritage is the city’s main allure with attractions like the Royal Palace where many official receptions and coronations have taken place over the centuries, the Chan Chhaya Pavilion where beautiful cultural dances are performd, and the King’s official residence – the Khemarin. The Silver Pagoda with thousands of silver floor tiles and the Emerald Buddha made from 75 kilograms of pure gold are also must see attractions within the palace. The National Museum where centuries of treasures and stories can be found is a short distance north from the palace. Other notable museums include the Genocide Museum and the Tuol Seng Museum. Wat Phnom, the first Pagoda in town that sits on top of a hill after which the city was named after is also a must visit attraction.  The southern part of Phnom Penh is where one would find traces of French colonialism where there are many colonial houses and buildings that are now used as ministry offices, banks, and the likes. Most tourists visit the Central Market and the Tulol Tom Pong Market to buy jewelry, fabrics, textile, and other souvenirs.  

Getting around the city of Phnom Penh is easy with choices for taxi, motodup (motorcycle cab), remork, or cyclos (bicycle rickdaws) for modes of transportation. There are also boat services and even lovely river cruises that should be included in the total Phnom Penh experience.

The tropical city of Phnom Penh has a wet and dry climate with temperature ranging from 72-95 °F the whole year round. The best time to visit is during the early dry season (Nov-Apr) when the temperature is at its coolest and when flooding are least likely to occur.

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