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What to see in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Attractions

Phnom Penh is very much a two-day city, with plenty to experience in a short time, but little to keep visitors for longer. The Royal Palace and National Museum are worth a morning to get a sense of the country's rich heritage. As a counterpoint, a trip to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields will reveal the terrible atrocities Pol Pot's reign of terror wreaked on the Khmer people.

In a lighter vein, visitors can shop in the lively Central and Russian Markets, enjoy a fun nightlife, or simply watch the sun set over the river. Travel itineraries should also include some of the activities on offer. River cruises are a must, as are trips to the famous shooting ranges, where guests can try out heavy weaponry. Cooking classes are popular as well. Otherwise, Phnom Penh lends itself to leisurely hours on the riverbanks, soaking up the cafe culture and watching the world go by.

Travellers looking to explore the region a little more can head to Sihanoukville's gorgeous beaches, unwind in the resort town of Krong Kep, or see the Mekong's Irrawaddy river dolphins.

Cambodia Cooking Class

Cambodian cooking classes are one of Phnom Penh's most popular tourist attractions. Khmer cuisine distinguishes itself from Thai and Vietnamese cooking through delicate use of…

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Central Market (Psah Thmey)

A trip to Phnom Penh would be incomplete without a visit to Central Market and its quirky architecture. This famous Art Deco building consists of a huge central dome with four…

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Foreign Correspondents Club

A pleasant way to spend the evening in Phnom Penh is on the wide balcony of the Foreign Correspondents Club. It sits on the banks of the riverside overlooking the converging Mekong…

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National Museum

The National Museum is a striking and famous example of the Khmer architectural tradition and houses the country's most important collection of ancient Cambodian cultural material…

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Russian Market

Not to be confused with the Central Market (Psah Thmay), the Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung) is located south of Mao Tse Toung Boulevard. It's home to a huge mishmash of treasures,…

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Shooting Ranges

Amuse your inner warrior with one of Phnom Penh's best carnal pleasures: shooting big guns. Whatever one's taste, be it automatic rifles, rocket launchers, or grenades, they are on offer. The city…

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The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is one of the principal attractions of Phnom Penh and contains the best examples of 20th-century Khmer architecture in the city. It has remained the official residence…

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Tuol Sleng Museum

When the Khmer Rouge came into power in 1975, they commandeered and converted a secondary school into a primitive prison where they detained and tortured anyone suspected of anti-revolutionary…

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