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What to see in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Attractions


Phnom Penh is a good example of a two-day city, where there is plenty to see and experience in a short time but little to keep one longer. The Royal Palace and National Museum are worth a morning to get a sense of the country's rich heritage. As a counterpoint, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields to understand the terrible atrocities suffered by the Khmer people during Pol Pot's reign of terror, but bear in mind that these sombre sites are not suitable for children. In a lighter vein, enjoy the lively shopping scene in the Central and Russian Markets and be sure to take the time to watch the sunset over the river and enjoy the fun nightlife.

A day or two of traditional sightseeing is very worthwhile in this old and exotic city, but travel itineraries should also include some of the popular activities on offer: river cruises are a must; some people come from very far away to test out heavy weaponry at the famous shooting ranges; and cooking classes are a fond favourite with foodies wanting to learn a new skill. Phnom Penh also lends itself to leisurely hours spent soaking up the cafe culture on the banks of the river, watching the world go by.

The city has much to offer on its doorstep as well, with many charming destinations nearby. Take an excursion to the gorgeous beaches of Sihanoukville, explore the dilapidated elegance of the once famous resort town of Krong Kep, or pay a visit to the Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Mekong River.


Cambodia Cooking Class

It is always wonderful to return from your time abroad with a skill you didn't have when you left home, and Cambodian…

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Central Market (Psah Thmay)

A trip to Phnom Penh would be incomplete without a visit to Central Market. Phnom Penh's most obvious landmark looks…

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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 Correspondent's Club. This well-located…

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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…

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Russian Market

Not to be confused with the Central Market (Psah Thmay), the Russian Market (Psar Toul Tom Poung) is best reached via…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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