Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh — Phnom Penh – "the pearl of Asia" and the capital of Cambodia – is one of the world’s fastest-changing cities, where a modern tourism infrastructure exists alongside ancient temples and lively streetside cafés in old French-colonial buildings. Indeed, the city's beguiling Indochine charm, while tempered by the country’s recent violent past, is still very much alive.

Why Go

For the palm-lined banks of the Mekong River, the Khmer-era temples, and “bamboo train” rides through rice paddies.

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