Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. It was founded in 1434 and nowadays it is the Kingdom’s central hub of industrial, economic, political and diplomatic activities. By the 1920s Phnom Penh was known as the Pearl of Asia, and during the 1940’s major improvements and modernization to the city’s infrastructure were orchestrated by the former King Norodom Sihanouk.
The city has a peculiar ambiance; the sounds of motorbikes whizzing through streets full of commerce and energy, families and friends hanging out on the riverside gazing at the mighty Mekong while enjoying the delightful street food, fascinating French, Chinese and Khmer influence represented in the colonial and traditional architecture, food, art and lifestyle. There is an exotic and almost eccentric atmosphere that invites visitors to be part of this ‘charming chaos’ instead of remaining a spectator.
Phnom Penh will delight food enthusiasts with mouth-watering noodles on every corner, world-class chefs making a move in the advanced culinary scene and a multitude of late-night restaurants ready to serve the most demanding palates. The bars and clubs around the city center (especially on the riverside) guarantee exciting nights out.
Development seems to be the order of the day with the construction and services industry trying to keep up with the record sums of foreign direct investment. An exponential number of expatriates moving to the Kingdom’s capital are creating their own business opportunities in a country where you simply don’t wait for them to show up.