Phnom Phenh - Orientation

 
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Phnom Penh is a fairly easy city In which to navigate as it's laid out in a numbered grid, a little like New York City. The major boul - evards of Phnom Penh run north-south, parallel to the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Tonlé Bassac Rivers. Monivong Blvd cuts north-south through the centre of town, passing just west of Psar Thmei. Its northern sector is a busy shopping strip and home to some of the oldest (read least appealing) hotels in town. Norodom Blvd runs north - south from Wat Phnom, and is largely lined with administrative buildings; the northern end contains banks, while further south are government ministries and embassies. Samdech Sothearos Blvd runs north-south near the riverfront, past the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Sisowath Quay hugs the river and is where many of the city’s most popular restau rants and bars are located. The major east-west boulevards are Russian Blvd in the north of town; Sihanouk Blvd, which runs from Olympic wdium past the Independence Monumtnt and ends near the National Assembly; and Mao Tse Toung Blvd, a ring road of sorts that also runs north-south in the west of the city. Interesting  the main boulevards is a network of hundreads of numbered smaller streets. As a rule of thumb, streets running east west have even numbers that increase as you head south from the Chruoy Changvar Bridge, while streets that run north-south have odd numbers that increase as you head west away from the river. 
Most buildings around town have signs with both their building number and street number, finding a building purely by its address, however, is not always easy, as num¬bers are rarely sequential. See the boxed text, below, and pity the postman. 
Most buses, taxis and pick-ups arrive in the centre of town around Psar Thmei and it is just a short mate (small motorcycle with driver), remork-moto (tuk tuk) or taxi ride to most guesthouses and hotels. Some buses arrive at the north end of the riverfront near St 104 and there are persistent rumours the government will eventually develop out-of- town bus stations to ease traffic congestion. The train station is a couple of blocks north west of Psar Thmei, but there are currently no passenger services. Boats from Siem Reap and Chau Doc (Vietnam) arrive at the tourist boat dock on the Tonle Sap River at the eastern end of St 104. Hundreds of motos await in ambush. This area has been touted for redevelopment as a marina, but it is unlikely to happen in the very near future.Phnom Penh International Airport is 7 km west of central Phnom Penh.