Phnom Penh see and do guide

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Phnom Penh see and do guide

Introduction

| 31 Jan 2011
Last updated 31 Jan 2011

Phnom Penh may not have an iconic sight to compare with the incredible temples of Angkor - few places do - but Cambodia’s capital is a great place to spend two or three days.

The Royal Palace will connect you with the pomp of the country’s pre war past while the National Museum celebrates the extraordinary artistic sophistication of the ancient Angkorian Khmer Kingdom.

A visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields are moving reminders of Cambodia’s blood soaked modern history - a national story derailed by war and the genocidal madness of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.

Phnom Penh is both a reminder of this horrific episode and its lasting legacy and a monument to the extraordinary an recovery - an event every bit as profound as the tragedy itself.

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Photo: Mark BowyerColonial era architecture on the Phnom Penh riverfront
Phnom Penh’s compact layout, wide boulevards, colonial architecture and picturesque riverfront provide a great setting for exploration. And the people are laid back and friendly.

Fantastic boutique hotels and a fast developing restaurant scene ensure that the city’s welcome is as inviting as any in Asia.
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Tuol Sleng S21 Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng is perhaps the most profound museum experience in all of Indochina. The former school turned prison death camp S21,... Read more

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Tuol Sleng S21 Genocide Museum
Street 113, Boeng Keng Kang 3 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
US$3 or US$6 with audio tour

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Killing Fields at Choeung Ek

The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, around 15kms outside Phnom Penh, are where most of the victims of Tuol Sleng S21 prison were... Read more

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Killing Fields at Choeung Ek
15kms south of Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek Commune, Dangkor District
( 855) 23 880278
US$6 includes audio tour

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Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh

Each night, Cambodian Living Arts, an NGO, hosts a performance of traditional Cambodian music and theatre in the atmospheric... Read more

Exploring Phnom Penh's architectural heritage

If you’re interested in architecture, Phnom Penh’s offerings are more impressive than you may have previously imagined.  Read more

Independence Monument Phnom Penh

Another city icon, the Independence Monument commemorates the end of French colonial rule in Cambodia. Located at one of Phnom... Read more

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Independence Monument Phnom Penh
Roundabout at Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevards

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Lycee Preah Sisowath - historic high school, Phnom Penh

If you spend more than a day or so in Phnom Penh, there’s a good chance you’ll pass the Lycée Preah Sisowath. It’s been one of... Read more

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Lycee Preah Sisowath - historic high school, Phnom Penh
Preah Norodom Blvd between St 178 and Keo Chea, Phnom Penh

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Mekong Islands, Phnom Penh

Silk Island day trips are a convenient way to experience some Cambodian village life close by Phnom Penh. Read more

National Museum of Cambodia

This is Cambodia's most important museum and the most extensive collection of Angkorian treasures on display outside the temple... Read more

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National Museum of Cambodia
Next to the Royal Palace just back from the river on St 13. Entrance is at St 178 St
+855 0(23) 211 753
US$3

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Psar Thmei - Grand Market Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh’s historic grand market is a visual spectacle and throbbing haven of commerce. It is one of the city’s most... Read more

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Psar Thmei - Grand Market Phnom Penh
Downtown between sts. 126 and 136

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Riverfront - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh’s Ton Le Sap riverfront is at the centre of the city’s tourism revival. Colonial era shophouses have been converted... Read more

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Riverfront - Phnom Penh
Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh

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Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh

The main symbol of Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace, provides a glimpse of the country's regal history. It's a side of Cambodia's... Read more

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Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh
Between sts. 240 and 184 on Sothearos. Entrance faces the river.
US$6.50. Extra for still and video cameras.

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Russian Market, Phnom Penh

While the central market might have architectural distinction in its favour, Phnom Penh's Russian market is one of the best... Read more

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Russian Market, Phnom Penh
Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market) Intersection of Streets 440 and 155

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Sunset river cruises, Phnom Penh

A late afternoon cruise on the Ton Le Sap and Mekong Rivers can be a nice end to a day exploring Phnom Penh. Read more

Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

Wat Phnom is the small mountain temple - the highest point in the city - from which Phnom Penh takes its name. It’s a pleasant... Read more

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Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
Cnr 96 and Norodom Boulevard
US$1

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