Phnom Penh

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Visit Phnom Penh

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
5 out of 5
NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
SG$66
per night
18 Dec-19 Dec

Located in Chamkar Mon, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Silver Pagoda and AEON Mall are also within 1 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (1,157 reviews)

"I was staying here for 17 days and it was pretty amazing! Staff is amazing, I was happy to get medical help in an in-house clinic for free! The food court in Naga 2 is great value. A few things can be improved: There was a smell of sewage in the bathroom, there should be a gym in Naga 2 and the spa ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019

NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
G Mekong Hotel
G Mekong Hotel
4 out of 5
419, Monivong Blvd, Khan 7 Makara (Orussey Market Area), Phnom Penh
SG$56
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Market, National Museum of Cambodia and Independence Monument. Riverside and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (274 reviews)

"Most enjoyable stay, wonderful staff, extensive breakfast to suit all cultures, nice pool and good location, best hotel I have stayed in Cambodia."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

G Mekong Hotel
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
SG$277
per night
29 Dec-30 Dec

Located in Daun Penh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside, Wat Phnom and Central Market. National Museum of Cambodia and Independence Monument ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (349 reviews)

"The hotel was an oasis of calm in a magnificently busy city. We had a colonial sweet. The room was absolutely lovely have a large size. Of note was the kindness and help with the staff. The swimming pool was lovely. The breakfast buffet was the luminous with stations from all of the various areas ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2019

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Popular things to do in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace
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Royal Palace

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Befitting the home of Cambodia’s royalty, the glittering golden roofline of this palace dominates Phnom Penh’s skyline.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

4.5/5(50 reviews)

This former prison outside Phnom Penh brings to light the brutality of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and honors the 17,000 people who lost their lives here. 

Wat Phnom
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Wat Phnom

4/5(41 reviews)

Sitting atop what is considered the only hill in Phnom Penh, this eclectic Buddhist monastery features a fascinating array of shrines, stupas and ornate buildings.

Top activities in Phnom Penh

Copper Metal Bracelet Workshop in Siem Reap
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Copper Metal Bracelet Workshop in Siem Reap

SG$37

No commodity is better embraced by the Cambodian culture than copper. Learn how to work with the material to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet under the guidance of a copper-smith. While you chisel and design, listen to the history and significance of this impressive industry.

Plaza Premium Lounge at Phnom Penh International Airport
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Phnom Penh International Airport

SG$42

As the first independent airport lounge in Cambodia, Plaza Premium Lounge brings a brand new experience to all guests travelling through Phnom Penh International Airport, regardless of their airline or class of travel.

Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Tour
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Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Tour

SG$74

Discover the historical wonders of Cambodia's capital on this half-day tour. Marvel at the majestic Royal Palace, explore the beautiful Silver Pagoda, and visit the historic Independence Monument with your knowledgeable guide.

Phnom Penh: Small-Group Cambodian History Tour
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Phnom Penh: Small-Group Cambodian History Tour

SG$79

Gain deeper knowledge of the history of Phnom Penh on this tour to the sites of the tragic Cambodian genocide. Visit a schoolhouse that was transformed into a jail for innocent prisoners, see the harrowing sight of skulls at the Choueng Ek Memorial, and hear how the country is still affected by this dark period of its history.

Bus Tour to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Khmer Rouge Killing Fields
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Bus Tour to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Khmer Rouge Killing Fields

SG$21

Walk through a dark part of Cambodian history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. A convenient bus takes you to each location, where you can learn about the executions carried out by Khmer Rouge regime during its rule from 1975 to 1979.

Private Tour Oudong Mountain Cultural Site From 2 to 10 Travelers
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Private Tour Oudong Mountain Cultural Site From 2 to 10 Travelers

SG$17

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Oudong Temple, Phsar Daek Commune, Cambodia Oudong is a town in Cambodia, at the base of Phnom Udong Mountain, northwest of Phnom Penh. It was the site of the royal capital from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Reviews of Phnom Penh

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Nov 2019

Traffic is now ridiculous during the day. Worse than ever.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

Love it! Great food, friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

water festival time,must be seen if possible it is a great Cambodian event.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

the genocide museum is harrowing but necessary to understand Cambodia today

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Oct 2019

Very large city, plenty to see. Waterfront bars a must

4/5 - Good

Sila

14 Oct 2019

Born and bred in Phnom Penh (now living in London, UK).

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