Should I Pronounce the First P in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?

Phnom Penh Scene at night in Riverside area.

Answer – yes.

I had always pronounced it using the P in Phnom – and then the other day, here in Thailand I heard it called “Nom Pen”. I thought I remembered from being in Cambodia that they pronounced both of the P’s in Phnom Penh, but couldn’t remember definitively.

I just looked it up – yes, you pronounce the P in Phnom Penh.

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