Phnom Penh has the feel of a small city. Traffic flows at all times of day. You must keep moving at all times to flow with it. Everyone moves at a slow and steady pace. Three rivers meet at Phnom Penh; the Tonle Sap River, the Bassac River and the mighty Mekong. It has a beautiful riverfront, lined with countless market stalls at night. The entire length of it comes alive at nighttime with people picnicking everywhere.
Some beautiful colonial architecture gives streets a really neat feel, although it is somewhat dampened by the high fences, decorated with barbed wire and embedded glass. Temples tower over most buildings in town. Roads are mostly paved, but there are still a few dirt roads remaining. Walking up and down the streets lined with local businesses and homes full of people it is hard to believe that it was once completely abandoned, as the Khmer Rouge gave everyone three days to leave the city in 1975.