This is the view from the fourth-floor of an apartment building I visited last weekend. It was pleasantly breezy and had a commanding view of the sprawling city.
Phnom Penh’s skyline has changed rapidly over the course of 10 years. New investments have come in and we are seeing new developments here and there. Prices of real estate have gone up where before the 2000s they were about the price of Cheaper Strats.
The government’s push for a modern Phnom Penh cost the city a huge loss of history and more importantly, loss of homes of thousands of people due to evictions. I do hope Cambodia learns lessons about rapid urbanisation from other Asean countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, to name a few.