678.46 square kilometers and 1.5 million habitants, that makes 2,213 people per square kilometer. In comparison: Berlin has 3,942 habitants per square kilometer. I don't claim, that Phnom Penh is overcrowded. In contrast, I think Phnom Penh is a village. The (expat) life happens in four districts: Daunh Penh, Tuol Kork, Chamkar Morn and 7 Makara. In result that makes 32.24 square kilometers. Even the gateway to the German island Ruegen at the baltic sea, Stralsund, is bigger. This brings, that recreational activities and new aquaintanceships are limited.
An other element is the constant soundscape of construction sites, traffic and tourism in the booming capital. Per year, 1.27 million people come to visit Phnom Penh. After the construction of the first building, the Golden Tower 42, was finished in April 2011, the capital had to make up for the growth. With its planning phase starting in 2008, the Golden Tower 42 violated the ban saying that no building is allowed to overlap the Royal Palace. Four years after, 12 more buildings had been constructed. On a whole 50 buildings are being constructed with more than 10 floors, seven with more than 20 and the highest building will be the Vattanak Capital Tower 1 with 39 floors. Furthermore, 94,782 sedans, 562,623 motorcycles, 1,137 vehicles with three wheels and 3,336 motorcycles with carts and trolleys (e.g. Tuk Tuks) are registered.
It follows the last step towards the Phnom Penh hangover: Poverty next to foul-smelling wealth, corruption next to arrogant business men, prostitution next to sex tourists, western snootiness next to Cambodian serenity. Who wanders around with eyes open will soon feel his nerv endings. The work motivation will diminuish and illogical decisions will predominate. Followed by typical stress symptoms...
Travel! Pack your bags and go to the countryside. Travel to the villages, far away from the tourists. There are various offers to stay overnight in villages and to support the habitants in addition (e.g. in Mondulkiri, Siem Reap or wherever you find hospitable people). If you then come back to Phnom Penh, you will be happy to finally come home. What else do you do against the Phnom Penh hangover?