The Quay

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

277 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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an ok guesthouse in phenom penh

by matt_of_asia about California 2 Guesthouse

reasonably clean room, lots of space. Cable TV with english channels. Stocked fridge. Electricity. A/C. Private bathroom with shower inside. Hot water. bed a bit smallish for 2 people but o.k. books left by other travellers inside room.

ya i would recommend it. free coffee all day apparently- i didnt drink it so I cant testify if its good or not. western menu in the pub-style restaurant downstairs. breakfast is included but we didnt eat it, we didnt have time to wait until 7:30. we wanted to see the central market that day, so we ate there. river view is quite beautiful. near royal palace and the quay area. basically where all the touristy places for foreigners to isolate themselves somewhat from Cambodian reality are.

Cafe California 2, & Guesthouse
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Guesthouse, Bar and Restaurant Located where the
Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers Meet

317 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Foreign Correspondents Club

by Cathy&Gary

The FCC is in a three storey colonial style building and opened in the early nineties.

The club became famous for its bar and for the restaurant that looks out from its balcony on the second floor to one of the best views of the Tonle Sap.

It has always been popular as a meeting point for journalists, businessmen, politicians and academics from all over the world.

Over the years, the Club has grown by buying up neighboring shop houses and breaking through the walls to create seven large hotel style rooms in colonial style with beautiful modern bathrooms.

The FCC is minutes walk to the Royal Palace and a five min drive to Wat Phnom.

The menu is Asian & Western and their pizzas and sandwiches are great if you are after a change from the local food.
I also highly recommend their fish & chips!

The Foreign Correspondents Club also has photo shows and exhibitions, plus there is a Bookshop and a delicatessen on the ground floor.

FCC is a bit more expensive than most places but it is worth it just to sit there with an cold drink and watch the world go by.

363 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Restaurant/Bar : 855 23 724 014
Reservations : 855 23 210 142
Fax : 855 23 427 758

My first visit in January

by Cambodia-Fan

"Phnom Penh"

Phnom Penh is like a modern day tearsheet from Somerset Maugham's journal. Nowhere in Asia will one find the end-of-the-earth outpost ambiance of Cambodia's capital city. Sidling up to the bar at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Cambodia overlooking the Tonle Sap River is the modern day equivalent to having a beer at Rangoon's Strand Hotel during Britain's colonial rule of Burma. Though foreign tourists started trickling into the city - namely en route to the fabled temples at Angkor - in 1992, Phnom Penh was still only for the hardiest of vagabonds. Back then UN peacekeepers outnumbered tourists and lawlessness still prevailed; to some extent it still does today.

Phnom Penh is home to most of Cambodia's historically important attractions, from relics dating back more than a millennium to testaments of the Khmer Rouge's xenophobic brutality of the 1970s. Visitors who venture to Phnom Penh will catch glimpses of traditional life along the Mekong River, experience the restored splendor of ancient Khmer dance and enjoy upscale lodgings, eclectic eateries and the bustle of the Psah Thmei (Central Market). Suriwath Quay, Phnom Penh's pleasant riverside promenade, makes for great people watching. Pull up a chair at one of the numerous outdoor cafes and watch life go by. Or cross the newly rebuilt Chrouy Changvar Bridge (Japanese Friendship Bridge), destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, and take advantage of the many fine local food kiosks which line the roadside. Just north of downtown, Wat Phnom's lush, sprawling grounds make for a pleasant afternoon stroll.

The Grand Palace and Silver Pagoda are the country's grandest testaments to Cambodia's enduring faith in Theravada Buddhism and the country's once-proud, but now fizzling monarchy. The National Museum houses some of the most important ancient Khmer artifacts in the world, a poignant reminder that Cambodia was once one of the world's most powerful, influential and united empires which reigned vast parcels of Indochina.

"The Killing Fields"

Cambodia's more recent, savage history is unabashedly displayed at Phnom Penh's Tuol Sleng Museum, where some 17,000 Cambodians endured torture and subsequent execution by the Khmer Rouge. The former high school - designated Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 - has been left untouched, both by the liberating Vietnamese forces and subsequent Cambodian governments. It is a grisly sight. The blood of torture victims remains on the walls and floors of the classrooms where innocent Cambodians suffered unimaginable pain and despair before being trucked out to the infamous killing fields at Choeung Ek for slaughter and mass burial. This is history in-your-face, neither diluted nor sugar-coated for the benefit of Western tourists. It will bring you to tears.

On a less sobering scale, remnants of French colonialism are on display throughout the capital, perhaps no better than at the restored Wat Phnom Hotel which is now an office building. On "English Street" children toil late into the night taking instructions in paint-chipped classrooms in the language they know will someday liberate them from their past. Another favorite stop is the former US Embassy. On April 12, 1975 - five days before the advancing Khmer Rouge entered and captured the city - the Americans staged a frenzied airlift of its citizens and selected Khmers from the embassy's rooftop, immortalized in the heartbreaking film, "The Killing Fields."

In the eyes of most Westerners Phnom Penh remains the Dodge City of East Asia, the O.K. Corral of the Orient. It is still an astoundingly impoverished city. There's no getting around this. Many streets are unpaved. Maimed beggars, victims of the country's 6-10 million land mines, follow foreign tourists like seagulls at the stern of a shrimp trawler. Phnom Penh is quickly gaining a reputation for its liberal attitude toward "night life". One Cambodian tourism official was quoted in the press as saying, "...we are prepared to sell our reputation and buy it back later." Unfortunately the same won't be true for the thousands of "taxi girls" who ply their trade in the capital's bars and night clubs.

Of all Southeast Asian capitals, Phnom Penh is without a doubt the most unsightly and intimidating. But for those travelers with a little backbone, the turn-of-the-century promises to be a unique time to experience Phnom Penh's viscera, vitality, and race to prosperity. It's the kind of trip you'll be telling your grandchildren about 50 years from now.


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Me on the Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.Me on the Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.


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recommended amount of time to spend

by ellielou


Apologies in advance for such a vague question. Anyway, I wonder if three full days is enough or too much time to see the major sites in and around PP? (I arrive late in the afternoon one day, one partial day is given over to some 'business,' and depending on the bus schedule for HCMC, I may have another part of a morning....)

Right now, it looks as though I'm going to hit the major sights: The National Museum, Royal Palace, a day for Tuol Sleng and the killing fields. If I can get this done in about two days, any suggestions for good day excursions?

Thanks for any and all guidance!

RE: recommended amount of time to spend

by StephanB

1 and a half days should be ample time to see the sites. The prison was cool, but should only take an hour or so. There is a really nice cafe/hostal across the stret with very good food (can't think of the name). The killing fields themselves were also worth a visit. 2 hours including transport. The palace and the museum can be seen in a couple of hours together (around the corner). I don't think you will need any more time than you have allocated.

RE: recommended amount of time to spend

by chiabh

hi ellen...

i did the 3 places mentioned (excluding tuol sleng) and other tourists sights in half a day on my last visit to pp... you would able to complete the circuit in one day...


RE: RE: recommended amount of time to spend

by ellielou

Thanks for your, more than enough time as it stands now it seems!

RE: recommended amount of time to spend

by matthewmerrington

i did the killing feilds and meusum and the market in an afternoon. easy. PP is not a very pleasent city.

take the slow boat to SR up the Tonle Sap.

RE: RE: recommended amount of time to spend

by StephanB

Just remember, the boats only run about half the year or so. They will book you regardless, then take you by boat, truck, boat, bus, boat, etc.... and it will take all day as opposed to a 5 or 6 hour bus. If the water levels are high enough, the boats are the way to go.

Travel Tips for Phnom Penh

Take French Classes at Centre Culturel Francais

by Wanderboy43

Hey, as a former French colony, you can learn French. Well, I didn't take the courses here, but I visited teh centre and it was very nice. They have 11or12 week sessions. 3x a week (M,W,F) for US$130. Or middle or advanced 2x/week (Tues/Thurs) for US$100.

Or private classes for US$18/hour.

How to wear a Cambodian scarf

by shrimp56 about Sunway Hotel Gift Shop

You will find a nice range of Cambodian crafts at this shop. Prices are still very reasonable. The traditional cotton scarves I paid $1 for at Angkor Wat were $2 here and the young woman in the shop was kind enough to model for me :)


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Address: 277 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia