Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. Despite being a bit rough on the edges, Phnom Penh retains its former charm as a leafy South East Asian capital with a wonderful riverside promenade and numerous beautiful Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces, and other artifacts. A large infrastructure catering to tourists causes it to be easily accessible, and many consider it to be one of the friendliest capitals in Asia, as Cambodians have not yet become jaded by mass tourism. Phnom Penh is slowly gaining high rise buildings, traffic lights, and Western style shopping malls, but overall remains one of the very undeveloped capitals in Asia. Weather is pleasant through the “cold season” from November to January, highs remain 30 degrees C. Staring February the temperature begins to increase, and by March the daily highs are 35-38 degrees C, making it hardly bearable. This is followed closely by the rainy season, that is more humid than rainy, as on most days it really rains briefly in the afternoon. The Killing Fields in Phnom Penh are emotional. It’s not a pleasant experience or even a straightforward one- but if you intend to grasp the reality of what happened within Cambodia, you will need to notice it with your personal eyes. After a rouge day of cultural sightseeing, treat yourself to the modern pleasures of Cambodian life at the Phnom Penh Night Market. Talk with cheerful vendors as you sample bites of Cambodian food. You will discover lots of grilled meat on sticks, noodle soups, dried seafood, and fruit shakes. There is likewise drinks. Nearby are plastic tables and chairs where you can gather all of your goodies and have a feast. With ancient artifacts from the 1600s, cultural performances by Khmer dancers, stone busts of Buddhist figures, full statues of Cambodian warriors, models of traditional Khmer houses, clothing and accessories worn by current day farmers, and more- the National Museum is an extensive representation of Khmer culture. Covering ancient times to provide day, give yourself several hours to absorb most of the information presented in the many galleries. Many tuktuk drivers will call out to you on the streets offering to get you to the Russian Market. It’s called “The Russian Market” as this was the favorite area amongst Russian expats in the 1980s. You will discover several “Russian” things here like Russian dolls and small Russian flags, but the majority of the choice is classically Cambodian. You can expect to find great souvenirs like silk scarves, spices, woodcarvings, and more.