Welcome to my hometown! Phnom Penh, Cambodia - by Sadh Sathawattey

Do you know that Phnom Penh, Cambodia, was once known as the "Pearl of Asia"? Read the article by Sadh Sathawattey to learn why the city was granted such a romantic name. 

Hello everybody! 😉 My name is Sadh Sathawattey, and I am a PhD student at the University of Pannonia at the Faculty of Business and Economics. I am pleased to present you my hometown Phnom Penh, which is also the capital of Cambodia. There are many spectacular attractions and exciting things about the city, so read my article to know more! I hope you will like it and decide to visit it in the future.

As one of the busiest cities is Southeast Asia, Phnom Penh never fails to astonish visitors when they first arrive. The city lights up at night, packed with the laughter and love of the locals on every street corner. It was once known as the “Pearl of Asia” and was regarded as one of the most beautiful French-built cities in Indochina in 1920s.

There are many interesting sites to visit in the capital. To begin with, The Royal Palace has always been a popular tourist destination in Phnom Penh. Visitors may explore the Silver Pagoda complex as well as the central compound, which houses the Throne Hall and the Chan Chhaya Pavilion. Still the dwelling place of the king, this palace accommodates the Silver Pagoda, whose floor is made up of 5329 silver tiles, each weighting 1.125 kilograms! 😮 Furthermore, the king’s living quarters are off-limits to the general public. I remember in my high school days, there was a study tour in the Palace and everybody was thrilled to participate. The palace’s elegance and majesty are beyond description. 

Shopping in Phnom Penh is a massive attraction for tourists who want to bring home some souvenirs from Cambodia. Central Market (Phsar Thmei) is one of those bustling street markets that is always teeming with people from one end to the other. The market structure is spectacular, a stunning example of Cambodian architecture. The items sold here are almost limitless, ranging from men’s and women’s clothes, jewelry and gemstones, flowers and shoes, to souvenirs and even common street food. Personally, I’ve been there for several occasions and the interesting about Central Market is that it’s too big, overflowing with complicated paths inside the market. And for the first time I was there, I couldn’t find the exit in one go, but it was an unforgettable experience after all. 🛒

A stroll or bicycle ride along the riverside is an experience not to be missed. The park, which is situated directly across from the Royal Palace, runs along the boulevard and the river. The path is lined with local café, pubs, restaurants, shops and tourist vessels. Especially in the evening, people are always doing aerobics, dance or other types of sport activities. 🏃‍♀️💃  I frequently go there with my family for a relaxing stroll. It’s a perfect place to spend an evening with friends or alone. The surrounding beauty, fresh air, river view and people around are probably some of the best things about Riverside park.

Cambodians are well-known for their friendliness. As someone who was born and raised in Phnom Penh, I can confidently state that the city is a delight and a vibrant place to visit. We offer a warm welcome, friendly smiles and excellent hospitality. It shouldn’t be missed on your travel bucket list. ✈️📸