My dad just sent this link to me ( Update: although it was my mom who found it in the hard copy originally) . It’s a good description of the city. I am not sure how long the link will work though– I think after a period you have to pay for archived articles.
TRAVEL | February 11, 2007
Next Stop: In Phnom Penh, Hopefulness Replaces Despair
By STUART EMMRICH
A vibrant city embraces the future while not forgetting its past.