The Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh is situated where the Tonle Sap merges with the Mekong. Currently experiencing widespread urbanisation, the classic cityscape that once made it the ‘Paris of the East’ is slowly being replaced by tall towers of concrete and glass. For those considering visiting Cambodia there is no better time than the present.
The Riverfront Park is located by the concourse of the Tonle Sap, the Bassac and the Mekong and is a remnant of the city’s glamorous past. The park is known for its scenic views and is a terrific place to just relax or take a stroll. The best time to visit is either early in the morning or in the evening; it can get pretty warm in the afternoon. Travellers who are not averse to waking up early should definitely try to catch the sunrise from Riverfront Park. It will undoubtedly be a sight to remember.
There are benches at different places around the park where one can rest after a brisk walk or short jog. There are several walking trails, which are ideal for fitness buffs, and a special entertainment area for children. The surrounding area is filled with excellent shops and restaurants which can be visited afterwards. The local food is spicy and delicious although, from deep fried frogs to toasted bugs, some aspects of Cambodian cuisine maybe too exotic for some travellers to handle! Luckily there are plenty of places that sell food that most foreigners are used to.
Although Phnom Penh is rapidly developing, tourists may find that infrastructure in some areas are still lacking, although the main roads are usually in pretty good condition. While public transport is still developing, one can find plenty of taxis on the road and so it is important for tourists to find a centrally located Phnom Penh hotel to minimise the hassles of travel. Raffles Hotel Le Royal is a premier luxury hotel in Phnom Penh that enjoys a convenient location at the heart of the city. Offering convenient access to the city’s best shopping malls and attractions, it is an ideal place to stay at.