Phnom Penh is a surprisingly large city, and each of its quarters has a remarkably different character. Around the centrally located market, traffic is hectic and the atmosphere buzzes with newly-found commercial zeal. In the embassy district there are refurbished colonial villas housing diplomatic personnel and private homes with large gardens.
Currently, besides the two locally well known malls, Sorya and Sovanna, more shopping centres and sky scrapers are springing up in conjunction with the city’s modernization. The most attractive part of the city is the long riverfront with bars and restaurants where visitors and locals gather to watch the sunset.