Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The bustling capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is located at the confluence of three rivers namely the great Tonle Sap, the Mekong and the Bassac. The city’s name comes from Wat Phnom or Hill Temple, which was built back in 1373 to house five statues of Buddha. They were housed on a man made hill which was 27 metres high. These statues were floating down the Mekong when an old widow, Daun Penh saved them and kept them on this hill for worshiping. Along with being one of the largest religious complex in the world with temples of Angkor in the west, the ethnic minorities of the North-eastern provinces and the beaches of the southern coast also add to the beauty of Phnom Penh. Once known as the ‘gem’ of Indochina, the city welcomes its visitors with the famous Cambodian hospitality, and the Angkorian architecture along with the French colonial mansions promise to mesmerise you and indulge you into its exotic Asian flavours. Beside the National Museum, the Royal Palace, the Choeung Ek Killing fields and the Silver Pagoda, the city is famous for its paintings, gems, antiques and even detailed carvings.