As Asian capitals go, Phnom Penh is a real sleepy backwater, but that’s changing, fast.

Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap river, where it meets the Mekong and the Bassac, water is an obvious theme and limit to the towns enlargement. Somewhat ignored by mainstream tourism in favour of its glamourous little sister, Siem Reap, the hill (Phnom) that Penh found is home to a wide variety of different cultural influences and characters.

A evening spent exploring the city’s nightlife can certainly be an eye-opener. Located almost bang slap in the middle of the country, it is home to Cambodia Expeditions’ base of operations; from here we can get easily to anywhere.

Most of the early evening entertainment can be found overlooking the river, where there is a surprising selection of restaurants, from the finest Mexican food in Asia to Ganja-flavoured pizza.