Is Phnom Penh really the least livable city in East Asia?

A graphic designer and web developer, who lived in Saigon for three months and traveled through Viet Nam for five months, asked this thought-provoking question: Which of these cities is the least livable – Bangkok, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Yangon or Manila?

In a post on Quora, poster Tony Kuehn commented that:

Phnom Penh is the worst. No transit, no infrastructure, dirty, very little to see and do, relatively lawless (the police are a model of corruption and laziness) and just generally depressing. It’s cheap, and there are nice people, but it’s just not the nicest place on the list and you’ll be missing pretty much all of the comforts of a normal big city in any part of the world. It’s really an overgrown fishing village that feels like the same few blocks of depressed buildings over and over. My least favorite part about Cambodia is Phnom Penh. Okay, let’s be honest, I hate Phnom Penh. Sorry, I’m sure there are people who would say it’s lovely in the springtime or whatever, but one can’t like everything, now can we?

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