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What to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

You can’t truly say you have been to Phnom Penh until you’ve checked these 10 must-see attractions off your travel list.
10 Must Sees. Put on your comfortable shoes and dress respectfully as this is a Buddhist country. Be polite, have fun and enjoy yourself.

1.Wat Phnom


According to a legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 AD to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the mighty Mekong river and were discovered by a women named Penh. The city is named after this Wat, which is set on an approximately 30m high hill, the only hill in town. Biggest clock in Cambodia.

2.Toul Sleng Museum


Toul Sleng (“poisonous hill”) or S21 (“Security Office 21”), was the former Tuol Svay Prey high school. The Khmer Rouge set up a prison at this site in May 1976 to detain individuals accused of opposing the Pol Pot regime, and was Angkar’s premier security institution.
Not for the squeamish.

3.National Museum


This museum houses varied sculptures, relics and artifacts, but its main highlights are those from the Angkor area.
Entrance costs US$2 and an extra dollar if you wan to take photos.

4.Independence Monument


Modelled on Angkor Wat’s central tower, it was built in 1958 to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1953. It also serves as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead and is sometimes referred as the Victory Monument.

5.Killing Fields


(7km SW of the city) Known in Khmer as Choeung Ek, this is just one of the places where Pol Pot’s regime slaughtered people without mercy in their thousands and buried them in mass graves.

6.Royal Palace


This regal complex is reminiscent of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, though on a smaller scale. This can work to the visitor’s advantage, however, when one realises that with an early start you can have the whole place to yourself, a near impossibility in the Thai capital. The palace is off limits, but there are plenty of things to explore. (7.30am-11am, 2pm-5pm every day)

7.Silver Pagoda


The floor is covered with silver tiles (hence its name), though most of it is protected by a red carpet. Inside you will find the Emerald Buddha.

8.Phsar Thmei (Central Market)


The market is in a large art deco building either side of which are plenty of other stalls. You can buy pretty much anything that you would want here.
The market is currently undergoing extensive long-term upgrade.

9.Tonle Sap


Trips on the river are a popular excursion for visitors. Local tourist boats are available for hire on the riverfront and can usually be arranged on the spot for between $10 and $20 an hour, depending on negotiations and numbers. Arrange your food and beverage when you are negotiating your voyage.

10.Russian Market


Another shopping paradise with plenty of branded goods on sale for those with good bargaining skills. Be warned, however, that this place is not for the claustrophobic. Its aisles are rather narrow, the humidity is a constant and it can get uncomfortably crowded.


Meet Ex-pats and locals – to get a grasp of “The Real Cambodia” from different points of view. An excellent hang out with Free Pool, Wi-Fi, Cold Beers, and delicious Cocktails.

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