Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Overview

Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers.

Despite being liberated from the Khmer Rouge by the Vietnamese back in 1979, Phnom Penh has long remained a bit rough. The city is slowly gaining high rise buildings and traffic lights. The beauty that made it a ‘Paris of the East’ before 1970 is unfortunately well hidden, though there are few French colonial buildings remaining. The most pleasant strolling is to be done along park-like riverfront, which hosts cafés and restaurants aplenty. Phnom Penh is worthwhile destination for those who enjoy an ‘edge’ experience. Weather is hot and humid, with showers in the late afternoon in the rainy season.

Get In

  • By plane to Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), located 7km west of the city
  • By bus
  • By boat

Get around

  • By public bus
  • By motorbike taxi
  • By taxi
  • By tuk tuk
  • By cyclo
  • By bicycle
  • On foot

See & Do

  • The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • The National Museum of Cambodia
  • Wat Phnom
  • Sisowath Quay aka Riverside
  • Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison)
  • The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Wat Botum
  • Independence and Liberation Memorials
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
  • Mekong Islands Bicycle Tour
  • Visit an Orphanage
  • Central Market (Phsar Thmey)
  • O’Russey Market
  • Russian Market
  • Olympic Market
  • Cambodian Handicraft Association
  • Cambodian Living Arts’ Theatre Show
  • Koh Dach
  • Sunset Boat Trip
  • Ta Prohm Temple at Tonle Bati
  • Independence Monument
  • Wat Ounalom

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