Buddhist Monks, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh offers Cambodian travellers, excitement, history and culture.

From the banks of the mighty Mekong River, which are always full of activity to the towering spires of the royal palace, quenched in stories of a bygone era. Phnom Penh is simply a wonderful South East Asian capital city.

The scenery in and around the city is full of variety, wide tree-lined boulevards blend with remote temple complexes including Banteay, Chhmar and Sambor. It is throughout these temples that historic Phnom Penh unearths itself for those who wish to discover it, strewn with tarnished war stories and glimmering with religious discovery.

Buddhist Monks, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A little more about Phnom Penh

This is a city of life, which is seen through varying aspects, whether through the hustle and bustle of the floating markets or the history of the grand palaces or simply through the eyes of the saffron-robed monks who meander the streets as part of their daily ritual. Phnom Penh is a truly fascinating city waiting to be experienced.

Experiences

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Steps leading to a memorial and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

The Khmer Rouge Era

Gain an insight into Cambodia’s recent history by visiting the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Musuem.

Close up of weaving process

Visit Koh Oknha Tei

Travel outside of Phnom Penh to Koh Oknha Tei, a small Mekong island, home to a traditional weaving village.

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Local Restaurants and Cuisine

In Phnom Penh, have a drink at The Foreign Correspondents Club or a meal at Friends, the NGO supporting local street children.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Room in a market overflowing with auto parts.

Russian Market Haggling

Bargain for anything you can imagine, from car parts to gem stones at the Russian Market in Phnom Penh.

Ancient Stupa, Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Royal Cambodia

Wander through the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, followed by Udong, the former imperial Cambodian capital.

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