Phnom Penh

Phnom Pehn is the bustling capital city of Cambodia. Located in the south of the country and on the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Pehn is a hot spot tourist destination. 

The city is full of culture and dark history, so if you do just one thing, make sure you take a trip out to the Killing Fields to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. For something a little more light-hearted, head to the Central Market or the Royal Palace. There are a number of temples and boat tours, and the nightlife in Phnom Penh is definitely one for the night owls. 

Personally, I didn’t fall in love with Phnom Pehn. The once sleepy streets are now ridiculously overcrowded with people, tuc-tucs, motorcycles, buses and everything else, and the streets are lined with children living in poverty who’ll either beg you for a spare $5 or will take it for themselves whilst you’re not looking (yes, the children are unfortunately the worst). It’s awful to see kids exploited in that way, and you’ll often spot their parents overseeing things in the background.