Phnom Penh – Pearl of Asia
Location: Along the Mekong
Phnom Penh is located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and famous Mekong River. Much of Cambodia is typically humid and hot all year round, especially during monsoon season. The city is located in the south-central region of Cambodia, with the rivers that surround the city providing natural resources to the city. Travelers should pay attention to when monsoon seasons are, as there are sometimes floods, although the city is built to withstand rainy seasons.
Business: Connecting through Culture
As Cambodia is a very rich country with its culture, the main economy is based off of what travelers find when going to the country. Garments, trading, and small enterprises are what consist of the main legs of the city’s economy. By visiting the bars, restaurants, and hotels along the Mekong River in the city, guests contribute to the tourism portion of the city’s growing and largest economy of the country."
Culture: The Art of Celebration
Cambodia has different dialects, with Phnom Penh also having its own. Tourists may have somewhat of an easier time communicating the language, as in the city, the locals speak slang or casual Khmer speech. As the country’s capital, the city has recently been recognized for its influence on the new age of Khmer Architecture. The Water Festival held in November, and the Cambodian New Year celebrations are the biggest events of the year. Travelers can look forward to fireworks, live concerts, and food and partying to last throughout the entire day and night- It is a very joyful time for the hard working Cambodian people.
Activities: Festivals of Phnom Penh
Key events to attend in Phnom Penh are most certainly the Cambodian New Year, marking the beginning of a new harvest season, a time for giving thanks and sending prayers for another successful crop year. The Pchum Ben is a time for citizens to continue praying for a successful economical year, as well as sending respects to ancestors and loved ones present. Showing appreciation and practicing these prayers deeply shows the spiritual connections of the small country’s people. Travelers will have the opportunity to soak in all of the culture, as well as being able to take home many souvenirs to their loved ones, sharing all of the activities that are to be had in this colorful city.