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Phnom PenhCambodia

Phnom Penh lures visitors with its ancient relics and temples, deep and turbulant history and modern day energy.

Phnom Penh’s complicated and brutal history makes it a fascinating place to visit. Wander the streets and witness a city that is slowly bouncing back from decades of turmoil. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and later the headquarters of the French colonial administration. In 1975 it was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and subject to years of brutal rule, before the Vietnamese toppled the regime in 1979.

Today it is the economic and political capital of Cambodia and is home to some of its most spectacular temples and harrowing museums. You’ll see bustling street markets, wild traffic, and buildings from throughout its history. Check out Wat Phnom to see the temple that gave the city its name. For a look at some of its more impressive structures, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Wander through immaculately-maintained gardens, among gold and crystal Buddha statues, and over silver floors.

To see more ancient temples, visit Wat Sarawan or Wat Ounalom. Brush up on your local history with some time at the National Museum of Cambodia. There are statues and artifacts from the Angkorian era and beyond. Anyone looking to understand the country’s troubled recent past should head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Inside the school Pol Pot converted into the infamous S-21 Prison, you’ll see moving exhibits and what remains of the cramped cells.

Take a trip out to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn more. There are pits where murdered prisoners were buried, as well as a Buddhist stupa packed with victims’ skulls.

Back in the city, take a trip to the art deco Central Market. Shop for everything from clothes and jewellry to flowers. For a nice evening stroll, head to Sisowath Quay. There are some good restaurants, decent cafés, and a few bars.

Top hotels in Phnom Penh

Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence
Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$73 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Market, Wat Phnom and Riverside. Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum of ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)

"I have stayed three or four times, and it is always nice except I didn't like the $50 cash deposit seems ridiculous when they already have my credit card and I have a long-standing repore."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul,2020

Lyve Inc Hotel & Residence
Angkor International Hotel
Angkor International Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is SG$39 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Kandal Market and Riverside. National Museum of Cambodia and Phnom Penh Night Market are also ...

3.7/5Good! (200 reviews)

"Room only had 3 single beds not 1 double and one single as booked."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2019

Angkor International Hotel
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
5 out of 5
The price is SG$252 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of AEON Mall and Riverside. Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (176 reviews)
Great Haven

"Exceptional hotel, with exceptional service. The breakfast buffet alone makes this place worth a stay. Everyone was especially accommodating given that we were stranded by COVID-related flight interruptions. We can't wait to return when everything calms down."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Phnom Penh

Apennines Condominium
Apennines Condominium
3 out of 5

Located in Tuol Kouk, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Royal University of Phnom Penh and within 3 miles (5 km) of Riverside and Olympic Stadium. Central ...

Apennines Condominium
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is SG$64 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and NagaWorld Casino are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (215 reviews)

"Excellent staff. Large Rooms. Very attractive decor and always clean. Wonderful location with outstanding views."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar,2020

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Tao Riverside Residence
Tao Riverside Residence
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$65 per night from 13 Nov to 14 Nov

Located in Daun Penh, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside, Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum of Cambodia. Central Market and Wat ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)

"The only thing we didn’t like was the fact that there was very little hot water in the shower, so we had to take cold showers."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct,2020

Tao Riverside Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Phnom Penh


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 27.972027972027973%
4 - Good
4 - Good 44.05594405594405%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 23.776223776223777%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

not a place to play

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Make sure you have enough US $ with you

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 Jan 2020

Dirty and once seen the sights, would not go again

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Very disappointing, will not go back. Will settle for Thailand every time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

The killing fields and museum was well worth visiting for a truly historical educational experience

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

We only had time to visit for one day as we wanted to move onto Siem Reap. But we spent New years eve here and it was really fun outside the Royal Palace. The only reason I give an OK and not excellent is the air quality. Just like Vietnam shocking!

Independence Monument featuring motorbike riding and a monument

Boeung Keng Kang

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Stœ̆ng Méan Chey

Photo by Monina Pasumbal

Kandal Stueng

Photo by Arnav Mathur

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