Phnom Penh Travel Guide
Royal Palace, Phnom Penh © Paul Arps
According to legend, an old woman named
Penh founded the city of Phnom Penh when she discovered four Buddha
images on the Mekong River's banks. She placed the items on a
nearby hill and a town grew around them, becoming known as the Hill
of Penh (Phnom Penh).
Sometime later, during its prime, Phnom
Penh had a claim to being the loveliest of Indochina's French-built
cities. Today, it sprawls at the junction of the Mekong and
Tonlé Sap Rivers. Its colonial charm contrasts with its
heavy traffic and modern concrete buildings, with visitors enjoying
its old French villas, street-side cafes, tree-lined boulevards and
majestic Khmer buildings.