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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. 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 from the Foreign Correspondents Club's balcony. Other great activities for tourists include getting a Seeing Hands massage and taking a Cambodian cooking class.

And, if you want a break from the bustle of the city, you can visit one of the many charming destinations nearby. Take an excursion to Sihanoukville beach town, explore the dilapidated elegance of the once famous resort town Krong Kep, or pay a visit to the Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Mekong River.

If you get the chance, grab a free copy of the quarterly A Phnom Penh Visitors' Guide as it contains a useful map and good summaries of major attractions.


Blind Massage

Cambodian travel can often be jarring; hard beds, bumpy roads, death defying taxi drives, and many hours spent sightseeing…

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Cambodia Cooking Class

It is always wonderful to return from your time abroad with a skill you didn't have when you left home in the first place…

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Central Market (Psah Thmay)

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

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Foreign Correspondents Club

A pleasant way to spend the evening is on the wide balcony of the Foreign Correspondents Club. This well-located bar,…

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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 Range

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 the principal attraction of the Phnom Penh and contains the best examples of 20th century Khmer architecture.…

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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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