Phnom Penh overview

Phnom Penh is the capital and also is the largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the Cambodia’s capital since the French colonized this country. Phnom Penh has grown to become the nation’s center of economic, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of Cambodia.


Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Founded in 1434, Phnom Penh is noted for its attractions and historical architecture. Today, there are alot of surviving French colonial buildings scattered along the grand boulevards.

Siting on the banks of the Tonlé Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers, the Phnom Penh metropolitan area is home to more than 2 million of Cambodians.

With a tropical climate, Phnom Penh has hot weather all year round, but temperatures are slightly cooler between November and January. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can soar to over 40C. The wet monsoon season runs from June through October, bringing strong winds, high humidity and very heavy rains to this area.

This city, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia.

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