a brief but spectacular history of Phnom Penh

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Nestle between two bustling 24-hour cities of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh Cambodia is in it’s own right a restless city growing and expanding at a frenetic pace.  Sure, it’s once low level skyline is being breached daily by new luxury towers, but it is the story of why it has been so quiet until recently that is most fascinating — and tragic.

The history of Phnom Penh can be classified into three epochal periods.  First, there is the Origination Story