For travellers who prefer to go off the beaten path, Phnom Penh is a fascinating treasure trove of experiences. Situated where the Tonle Sap river and powerful Mekong river converge, the capital of Cambodia is bursting with local flavours to offer and was even once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. While the city is seemingly chaotic, there is another charming side to Phnom Penh. Check out Phnom Penh’s French colonial architecture styles in buildings like Psar Thom Thmei market, Hotel Le Royal, and various colonial villas and French churches. Take an idyllic stroll alongside the scenic boulevards, or enjoy a cuppa at the quaint riverside restaurants and cafés which make for a perfect spot to absorb the energy and spirit of this Khmer city. For a blast into the past, visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to witness the colourful old tales that will pique even the laziest traveller’s interests.