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So you've decided to see for yourself how many cultures came together to form this modern day Cambodian city! Marvel at the royal lifestyle of Cambodian monarchs and afterwards have a French style aperitif by the banks of the river with a baguette in hand. There's something for everyone in Phnom Penh.

Royal Palace

Occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since the 19th century, the Royal Palace is made up of many grandiose buildings. The gilded throne hall is one of the most impressive. After you tour the grounds, visit the nearby Mekong River.

Silver Pagoda

The statues of Buddha at the Silver Pagoda are jewel encrusted and quite remarkable. You'll want to check out the pagoda as you visit the Royal Palace, as the temple is in the south side of the complex.

Choeung Ek

You may know Choeung Ek as the site of the mass killings during the Khmer Rouge regime. The memorial has the remains of those who were murdered on display in a Buddhist stupa. Choeung Ek is an important but intense part of the history of Phnom Penh.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Preserving the history of the Cambodian Genocide, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a memorial to the 20,000 prisoners who were killed in captivity.

Independence Monument

Inaugurated to celebrate Cambodian Independence from French Colonial rule, the Independence Monument was built by Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the park located in the center of the structure.

Wat Oualom

The Wat Oualom is one of the most important temples in Phnom Pehn. Visit the wat as you make your way through the Royal Palace complex, it's a short distance nearby.

Sisowath Quay

Listen to some birdsong as you walk the Sisowath Quay--the boardwalk of the river Tonle Sap. A scenic path along the water's edge, the quay offers a great daytime or evening sightseeing opportunity, as you can see many of Phnom Penh's best attractions along the way.

National Museum of Cambodia

Discover the illustrious history of Cambodia at the National Museum of Cambodia. Explore exhibitions that delve into the past of the former French colony through interactive exhibits, archaeological finds, and more.

Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument

This Soviet style monument was built in the 1970s after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. As a display of friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam, the structure is in a popular park ideal for picnicking on street food eats.

Planning Your Phnom Penh Visit

What to eat in Phnom Penh?

The street vendors in Cambodia are legendary. Catch a wok in motion and have some fresh vegetables and pork with noodles. And for dessert, have some sweet sliced mango. You'll also find some French staples like baguette and paté, culinary traditions leftover from the colonial times.

How to get around Phnom Penh?

Go on a motorbike taxi and ride around in style, but be sure to bargain the price down first. Otherwise, you can also take a bicycle around, a local bus, or a taxi.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Cambodian Riel (KHR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Phnom Penh is in the dry season from October to May. Meanwhile, 75 percent of the annual precipitation falls throughout the rest of year.

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Haha it depends what floats your boat, for me this was ideal

Me and my Cambodian wife were the only two on the boat , which for me was ideal , we enjoyed the cruise and food and a few drinks , and having the points of interest shown to us by our guide. Its a rustic boat and what we wanted

very friendly and accomodating, fantastic views, captivating guide

i would particularly like to praise the organisers and the guide, as there had been a mistake in booking (wrong date) and they manage to accommodate us at the very last minute. Food and drinks are basic, but this was not the main driver of our activity.

Great food and exceptional entertainment

The food was delicious authentic and safe.... no upset tummy. The dancing was very, very beautiful and so worth seeing. It would have been a shame to miss.

Traditional Cambodian Dance Show Reviewed by Julie, 01/20/2018

A good impression about the horrible time for the Cambodians

The tour gave a good but also a shocking impression of the horrible time for the Cambodians under Pol Pot and the red Khmer. It is simply unbelievable what Pol Pot is in charge for and what happened basically only 40 years ago. What is even more shocking that this guy had the support of the US and other nations in Europe for a long time. If you make this tour your can expect the worst you have ever seen done to human beings.

An outstanding show of young Cambodian artists

This was really an outstanding show I was great to how this young people enjoy their job. They got their great positiv spirit across in a perfect way. The different dances which were presented expressed different feelings. The energy and the professionalism of the artists were exceptionally. They are all so beautiful people. I feel so sad that very little people gave a donation at the end of the show to support these young artists. This is really a shame.

Traditional Cambodian Dance Show Reviewed by Robert, 01/19/2018