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Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE -

he vast Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers meet in the chaos and bus­tle of Ph­nom Penh, and not far from their banks the colon­naded, art-filled Raf­fles Ho­tel Le Royal is pre­sid­ing over some­thing of an artis­tic re­nais­sance. Bol­stered by a decade of rel­a­tive sta­bil­ity, na­tive Cam­bo­di­ans—re­turn­ing ex­iles and ex­pats—are cre­at­ing a uniquely fer­tile art scene.

Raf­fles is a haven, still hand­ing out sooth­ing cock­tails on its Ele­phant ve­ran­dah as it has since 1929 to ev­ery­one from Jackie O to Som­er­set Maugham. Now art lovers on their way to Angkor Wat stop off here to dis­cover the cre­ative, smil­ing city,

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