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Riverfront - Phnom Penh

| 03 Feb 2011


Riverfront - Phnom Penh
Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh

Our rating
03 Feb 2011

Phnom Penh’s Ton Le Sap riverfront is at the centre of the city’s tourism revival. Colonial era shophouses have been converted into restaurants, bars, hotels and some shopping. It’s a great place to catch a drink or a meal in the late afternoon and evening.

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Phnom Penh’s riverfront was once a hive of port activity. Where today restaurants, bars and small hotels compete with beggars and book sellers for traveller attention, Phnom Penh was once supplied by ships travelling along the Mekong River.

Cambodia,Phnom Penh
Photo: Mark BowyerPhnom Penh's riverfront

These days, some of the best bars and restaurants catering to travellers have taken up spaces on the riverfront. Few travellers escape Phnom Penh without a visit to the Foreign Correspondents Club - an especially popular late afternoon haunt.

The riverfront hasn’t been totally colonised by travellers though. Locals gather in large number each morning and afternoon to promenade along the Ton Le Sap or partake in exercises that are becoming increasingly popular with visitors. The spacious parks that front the river outside the National Museum and the Royal Palace are also well patronised by locals.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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