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Travel Guide of Phnom Penh in Cambodia by Influencers and Travelers

Phnom Penh, formerly known as Krong Chaktomuk Serimongkul or shortly known as Krong Chaktomuk, is the capital and most populous city in Cambodia.

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The Best Things to Do and Visit in Phnom Penh


1 - Royal Palace

The Royal Palace, in Chey Chumneas, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol.

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2 - Independence Monument

The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city.

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Feel the irresistible appeal of Phnom Penh's local neighborhoods aboard a classic tuk-tuk ride, guaranteed to be a delightful feast for your senses. From the comfort of your hotel, a tuk-tuk takes you to the city, where the local food scene thrives. Start your day with a visit to a beloved breakfast joint, bustling with locals, where irresistible bowls of tasty noodle soup or pork rice await. Eat this delicious breakfast while sipping on a cup of rich, local coffee. Next, witness the vibrant colors and sounds of an open-air market. Sample the freshest seasonal delights, and score a handmade souvenir to take home. Stroll through the aisles, discovering a plethora of herbs, fruits, and vegetables while watching the locals haggle and hustle for the best deals.

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4 - National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia in Chey Chumneas, Phnom Penh is Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.

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5 - Killing Fields

   10 km away

The Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than one million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War.

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6 - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or simply Tuol Sleng is a museum chronicling the Cambodian genocide. Located in Phnom Penh, the site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 until its fall in 1979.

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7 - Royal Palace Park

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8 - Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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9 - Wat Sowann Thamareach

   21 km away
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10 - Ta Prohm Temple

   26 km away
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11 - Tonle Bati

   27 km away

Tonle Bati is a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. It is a popular weekend destination for the local population. It is also a popular fishing spot for both tourists and people who live locally.

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12 - Prey Veng

   44 km away

Prey Veng is the capital of Prey Veng Province, located in southeastern Cambodia.

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Located in the south of the country, Phnom Penh, the capital, still bears the scars of several decades of armed conflict, but its charm is real. The whole area next to the Royal Palace, on the Mekong River, is particularly pleasant and is undergoing major renovation. Some monuments of the Royal Palace are closed to the public. The Silver Pagoda, named after its floor covered with more than 5,000 silver slabs weighing one kilo each, is a jewel, a spectacular testimony to the wealth of Khmer civilisation. Also worth seeing: the very lively central market area and the large adjacent boulevards where a number of beautiful colonial houses still stand, the "Russian market" district, as well as the Vat Phnom. According to legend, Wat Phnom is the hill topped by a beautiful temple that symbolises the founding of the city six centuries ago. If there was one thing Phnom Penh could sell in large quantities, it would be massages. Although you have to be careful when choosing your massage parlour, you can't really go wrong with finding good prices. Salons and spas are much cheaper than in France, but be careful when choosing your massage - in this case, traditional may not be the best option, as 'traditional massages' are extremely painful. Bodia Spa is one of the top recommendations if you want a full body massage, or for a slightly different experience, head to Seeing Hands massage parlour - they employ blind masseurs and have a very good reputation as well as being a great source of income for blind masseurs who would otherwise be out of work. Although it is now a vibrant and colourful city, Phnom Penh's recent past is very different. Challenging at times, but well worth a visit: the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek execution camps. The former, although not particularly well laid out, gives you an introduction to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime which killed thousands during its four years in power. Skulls are packed into lockers, along with creepy torture devices and pictures. It's not the most enjoyable visit but it's one of the only ways to learn about the city's all too recent past. Be careful when buying souvenirs from the museum shops - most of the branded or 'vintage' items are fake. About 16 kilometres south of Phnom Penh, you can find the Choeung Ek execution camps, where the Khmer Rouge killed many of the regime's victims. The place is commemorated by a small Buddhist stupa, a religious monument, holding thousands of skulls, as well as the sites of mass graves that were found in 1979. Again, this is a dark and shocking place and visitors are asked to wear long sleeves and trousers as a mark of respect.

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