#72 Cambodia – Phnom Penh & Kampong Thom
The 20th Century wasn’t kind to many South East Asian countries. But for many, Cambodia suffered more than most, a whole generation of its elite and educated exterminated by the Khmer Rouge. So whereas its neighbors have found ways to thrive despite political turmoil and war, the resurrection of Cambodia seems to lag.
The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, is often overlooked by visitors to the region, who prefer to head straight to Siem Reap, home to the astounding temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom. Those who prefer the region’s cities meanwhile, head instead for Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, or increasingly, Yangon. But with a gem of a Royal Palace, and a laid-back vibe that the cacophony of modern world has drowned out in the capitals of Thailand and Vietnam, Phnom Penh is increasingly being recognized as a more authentic contemporary experience of the region.