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Things to do in Phnom Penh

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Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh
Choeung Ek
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Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh
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Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh

The top 37 attractions in Phnom Penh

Museums in Phnom Penh
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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If you want your life to never be the same... Visit this place, listen to the stories, and read everything there is to read.
Palaces in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Royal Palace
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Along with the S21, the two main attractions of Phnom Penh are the National Museum and the Royal Palace, both located close to the river. They are two very nice places to visit and will take several hours each. You can visit both in the same day. They are in good condition and are nice places. Admission is about $5 for the Royal Palace.
Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh
Choeung Ek
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This monument commemorates all those killed directly or indirectly by the Pol Pot regime, the Khmer Rouge. It was the largest massacre of the 70's, supposedly they killed more people than the Nazis. They killed anyone ve could read or write. It's a sad place, but still important to see.
Flea Markets in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Central Market
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Of all the places you can visit in the capital of Cambodia, I suggest the Central Market. It is located in a dynamic area with extensive trade, busy streets of motorcycles, the bustle of local citizens and the market itself with its central dome, will make you feel that you are in a unique place in Asia. The outer part of the market is where you can find numerous food stalls where they serve all kinds skewers, squid, chicken, pork, shrimp, etc with spices. You can also find traditional dishes based on rice or pasta. You can also enjoy one of the weaknesses of the country - roast duck. There are also various fruit juices to drink to cool you down from the intense heat of Southeast Asia. Tourists and travelers of all nationalities, Japanese, Australian, English etc, come either to buy in the market or to enjoy the delights of Cambodian food
Temples in Phnom Penh
Wat Phnom
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According to legend the city was founded around this temple. A woman named Penh founded it, inside a tree to preserve relics, and it rose at the top of a hill. Hence the name "Temple Hill" and from this its meaning,Wat Phnom. The city that grew was named by combining the words hill and women, was Phnom Penh. The construction of this Buddhist temple dates from the fourteenth century and since this time it has undergone numerous renovations. It is very important during the Khmer New Year celebrations which are held in April. Located in a roundabout and at the top of a hill itis a special place among the things to visit in the city. Unlike other temples with golden spires that can be found throughout Southeast Asia, spires of this temple are white, not very usual, not in Cambodia.
Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh
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Built in 1958 to commemorate the end of the colonial area and the departure of the French, the Independence Monument marked the beginning of a new stage in the life of the country, although today it is a symbol of the wreckage wrought during the Cambodian civil war. The monument stands on the city's largest and most congested roundabout on Preah Sihanouk Samdach Blvd. and Preah Norodom Blvd. It made of garnet and covered with "nagas" (a mythical species of snake). There is not much to do there, but when you're on your way to the Royal Palace, for instance, you can take a detour to snap a souvenir photo or take a walk in the park that runs from the roundabout down to the river.
Historical Monuments in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
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As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh offers a glimpse into the Khmer lifestyle, a wide range of activities, a good night life and the reminders of the horrors that the genocide left almost 50 years ago.
Statues in Phnom Penh
Samdech Chuon Nath Statue
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The statue of Sandech Chuon Nath is located in Independence Park, about 250 metres from the famous monument, and close to attractions like the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda. Samdech Chuon Nath was one of the most important figures in the history of the country, a Theravada Buddhist monk who devoted much of his efforts to the conservation of the Khmer language, its culture, and traditions. His contributions to the Cambodian people can be seen in his work for the Khmer language dictionary, and the Cambodian National Anthem. Besides being the promoter of national culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, he was a poet, writer, and teacher of the teachings of Buddha. They say that he was one of the most significant figures in keeping Cambodian culture alive during the years of the French colony.
Bus Stations in Phnom Penh
Paramount Angkor Express Buses
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One of the best-known bus companies operating in the Kingdom of Cambodia is Paramount Angkor Express CO., LTD. It provides domestic services as well as international routes to Vietnam or Laos. It is located very close to [poi = 622151] Wat Phnom [/ poi]. Branches in Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Poipet, Bavel, Pailim, Liem, Koh Kong, Kampot, Sompeulm, Anlong Veng, Prey Veng, Branches in Vietnam and Laos: Vientiane, Pakse, Ho Chi Minh City To view the bus schedules, visit the website. The buses have AC, TV, free lunches, and the bathrooms are quite comfortable for long journeys. The price for a trip from the capital to Siem Reap is about 4-6€. A good combination is to land in the capital and find a station and head towards the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap.
Shopping Malls in Phnom Penh
Russian Market (Tuol Tom Poung Market)
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The Russian market, along with the central market, in Phnom Penh is the most interesting and lively of the many markets in the city. Here you will find fruit, vegetables, fish, clothes, furniture etc. and the prices are certainly striking. The mixture of flavours and colours, the variety of products ... I felt sick during my trip in Christmas 2003. Of course you need to haggle, but the poverty encourages the merchants´ generosity.
Statues in Phnom Penh
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Rivers in Phnom Penh
Sisowath Quay
Sisowath Quay is an ideal place to have a walk, a tea or something to eat at any of the restaurants. One of the most symbolic is the international press club, where you can eat well but it is not cheap. But it preserves the French colonial environment and is interesting. Here people gather , mostly foreigners living in the city, so it is a good source of info. On the stairs there are brochures of things going on in town. The walk along the boardwalk puts us in the day to day of Cambodians, weird games halfway between billiards and cards, naps over motorcycles, colonial houses, a type of thai chi with fans ... You will also see many guys with no arms and legs and this is due to the large number of landmines that are in the area. Always a good experience for any organization to help. Fantastic experience at a massage place. In the media center's information, I'm sorry but I don´t have the exact address. You will enjoy one of the best massage of your life. The blind have some extraordinary sensitivity to massage.
Museums in Phnom Penh
National Museum of Cambodia
This beautiful, central museum is known for its incredible collection of Cambodian art. The price is $3, and it's really nice to visit; you can easily lose an hour or two enjoying the sculptures. Highly recommended.
Lakes in Phnom Penh
Boeng Tompun Lake
Located south of the capital of Cambodia, is one of those amazing places that isn't in the tourist guides. As I saw it, I changed my plans and spent the whole day wandering around. Surrounded by humble homes, people, unaccustomed to tourism, it was lovely.
Consulates in Phnom Penh
Embassy of Vietnam
Today in my eagerness to save myself some money, I decided to fill in the paperwork for my visa to Vietnam at the Vietnamese consulate in Phnom Penh, without travel agents to act as intermediaries. Well, I absolutely can't recommend it! The consulate employees asked me for $70 for a multiple entry visa, so I decided to do it in the hotel instead, for quite a bit less.
Of Touristic Interest in Phnom Penh
Tuk Tuks
Taking a tuk tuk through Cambodia's capital is something that has to be tried at least once! The tuk tuk drivers understand English when it's convenient for them, so depending on the situation, you might find that they suddenly don't understand you anymore. They wear helmets for their own safety, but passengers don't need to use them. If you're passing a few cars at an intersection, they'll ignore the red light! You must always check the fee in advance - if there's a meter, or if not, you'll need to negotiate before getting in. From a tuk tuk, you can really see the life of the city: the monks on the street, the hawkers on the pavements...
Temples in Phnom Penh
Wat Ounalom
This small, Cambodian temple in the city of Phnom Penh has a perfect location on Sisowath Quay, the main promenade of the city next to the river, and close to the great center of attraction, the Royal Palace. This is the most important Buddhist temple in the capital, built in 1443, later damaged during the terrible imperial war of the Khmer Rouge, and later restored. The Gateway Arch is magnificent, as are the numerous statues around them. The interior is not very flashy, but there are nice views of the river, and down the side, locals perform their prayers and celebrations. We were lucky to witness one of them, and it was emotional. It is a rapid visit next to the Grand Palace.
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The best things to do in Phnom Penh

One of the first things to see in Phnom Penh is the Royal Palace, built in 1866, and whose full name in Khmer language is Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk. It is located on a site that houses several buildings surrounded by gardens and temples. Among the buildings is the official residence of King Sihamoni along with other Phnom Penh attractions including the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda.

The Silver Pagoda, one of the most important places to visit in Phnom Penh, was built by King Norodom in the nineteenth century and is dedicated to Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Here you can see a statue of great value made in pure crystal, but be warned - it takes a long time to see everything completely, so when making your list of what to do in Phnom Penh, be sure to devote an entire day to this incredible site.

Other places to visit in Phnom Penh are the temples of Angkor Wat, about 100 temples and thousands of structures built in honor of the various Khmer kings. They situated in a superb natural environment with rich vegetation, ponds, and large trees. The site is about a one-day boat and bus ride from Phnom Penh. On a more somber note, no list of things to do in Phnom Penh would be complete without a visit to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, or Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge, located about 15km southeast of the city. It is one of the most unsettling attractions in Phnom Penh, recalling the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. It stands today as a way of paying tribute to their millions of victims.

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