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Phnom Penh is the capital and most populous city of the Southeastern Asian country of Cambodia, it is also known as “Pearl of Asia”. Therefore, there are much information that traveller want to explore Phnom Penh before visiting to this city. Travel to Phnom Penh with: Indochina tours Cambodia


The current population in this city is about 2,009,264 people or 14 % of the country’s total population (14,363,518 person in Cambodia, 2007, provincial government data), with 658,833 female and 621,947 male. The population density is therefore 5,343.8 people per square kilometre. The population is that Original Khmer reachs 60%, Chinese 15%, Vietnamese 20% and 5% other. The population growth in the city is about 3.9% fluctuatedly.


Phnom Penh is located in the southern of the country and fully surrounded by the Kandal Province. The capital city includes the typical wet area for Cambodia, covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations. The province also have three of the biggest rivers (the Tonle Bassac, the Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong).

Nagaworld in Phnom Penh, near the banks of Mekong and Tonle Sap river

Nagaworld in Phnom Penh, near the banks of Mekong and Tonle Sap river- source: internet

All three rivers cross to form an “X” at their confluence, where the capital is situated. These rivers provide potential freshwater and other resources. The city, located at 11.55 N 104.91667? E (11o33′ North, 104o55′ East) includes an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi) which some 11,401 hectares (28,172 acres) in the municipality and 26,106 hectares (64,509 acres) of roads. The cultivate land in the municipality reaches to 34.685 square kilometres (13 sq mi) with some 1.476 square kilometres (365 acres) under irrigation.


The weather is warm and humid because of its tropical climate. In the monsoon season, abundant precipitation allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops. This tropical climate makes Cambodia ideal for attracting tourists and developing tourism. Travellers don’t have to fear natural disasters such as tsunami, erupting volcanoes or earthquakes, and the country is not directly affected by tropical sea storms.

Climate: Cambodia can be visited throughout the year. However, those travelling plans extensively by road should be avoided in the last two months of the rainy season when some countryside roads may be slippery and impassable. The average temperature is around 27oC the minimum temperature is about 16 degrees. The coldest months are December and January, whereas the hottest is April.

Average temperatures in Phnom Penh in 2016

Average temperatures in Phnom Penh in 2016- source: internet

General details about the Phnom Penh climate:

– Rainy season: May – October (24-32c, with humidity up to 90%.)

– Cool season: November- March (22-28c)

– Hot season: March- May (28c -38c)

The city temperatures range from 15 to 38 C and experiences tropical monsoons. The monsoons from the Southwest inland brings humid winds from the Gulf of Thailand and Indian Ocean from May to October. The northeast monsoon often happens in the dry season, which lasts from November to March. The heaviest precipitation is from September to October with the driest period occurring from January to February. Cambodia tours packages


Double-digit economic growth rates in recent years have caused an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars, and residential buildings springing up around the city. The wealth cultural of andhistorical sites in Phnom Penh makes it also a very popular tourist destination. The main economy depends on commercial such as garments, trading, small and medium enterprises, companies. The property business is booming since the past few years. Real estate is now getting very expensive. There are two new sub-cities under construction, where investors from Korea and Indonesia join with Cambodian investors. The investment project of Camko-city values about more than 200 millions and will be finished in next year- 2018!

Camko City project are on-going

Camko City project are on-going- source: internet

Because of its turnover and budget airlines taking off from nearby countries directly to Phnom Penh, the leisure and business travellers are coming to enjoy themselves or to look for investment opportunities in Cambodia. The hotel business is now more and more developing and improving.

Because Kandal province is around Phnom Penh, it serves as an economic belt of the capital. For example, Cambodia has become the sixth largest exporter of garment in the world- 2007. The industry provided job opportunities for about 0.5 million Cambodians and generated some 0.3 billion U.S. dollars of monthly payment for the employees. Agricultural exports also developed and flourished in 2007, as palm oil, rice, peanuts, pepper and other rural products became ever more popular in the international markets.

A corner of Kanda Market in Phnom Penh

A corner of Kanda Market in Phnom Penh- source: internet

Finally, sumptuous estate projects like the Longing Resort in Kandal province was demolished on July 31, as it expanded its land illegally and in effect constituted menace to the safety of the capital. The Asia Development Bank scored Cambodia’s economic growth rate for the past year at 9.5 percent and nine percent in 2008, while the Cambodian government gave a conservative estimation of seven percent both in 2007 and 2008.

The “Pearl of Asia”- Phnom Penh is developing more and more not only in population but also in economy. The advantage of its climate makes tourists more comfortable while exploring this city. With all of these information, it is useful for who want to widen knowledge of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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