By day and night, Riverside is always busy and probably the downtown Phnom Penh downtown. In Riverside (Wat Phnom, Phsar Chas, Phsar Kandal, Chey Chumneas and Chaktomuk) there are the oldest parts of the city.
Many generations have left footprints of days gone by - from Angkor kings to the French colonists. The views of the rivers are always stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. Riverside witnesses the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers near the Royal Palace. This is where the Water Festival is best viewed each November.
Preah Sisowath (honoring King Sisowath who reigned 1904 to 1927) is the avenue running along the riverfront. It starts in front of the Buddhist Institute near of Sothearos Boulevard. It continues north to the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge where it becomes National Road 6 leading to Battambang.
In Riverside there is a wide selection of restaurants, massage services, hotels, bars, shops and bars aimed at tourists. Among the restaurants, you will find many good selections - German, Italian, French, Dutch, American, Canadian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Australian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian.