Capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh lies at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap. The town developed quickly and it is now becoming a highly touristic destination. Once known as “the Pearl of Asia” during the French colonization, it provides numerous memories of its past history including the war and the French period.
The name of the capital would come from the discovery of four Buddhas in the Mekong River by Mrs. Penh, who would have then built a stupa on a hill (phnom in Khmer language) in order to protect them. Phnom Penh would then mean “Mrs. Penh’s hill.”