Phnom Penh Travel Guide

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Phnom Penh Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people, amazing sights and good value 

  • Con
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     Too dusty 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cambodian people with good hearts and forgiving ones at that! 

Phnom Penh Things to Do

  • Tuol Sleng Museum

    Tuol Sleng Museum was originally a high school and later used as a security prison (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime.The classrooms were converted into tiny prison cells and torture chambers.Prisoners were repeatedly tortured with beatings,electric shock and hanging upside down then dropped into water barrels.The lower floors are filled with...

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  • Royal Palace

    Visited the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda ,on January 2014.Its within walking distance , from our Hotel , the Ohana Riverfront. This complex covers the area of 402 x 435 metres, and have several buildings like the Silver Pagoda on the south, Khmarin Palace on the Royal Throne at the central , and the Inner court on the west , also some libraries...

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  • Killing Fields

    Visited the Choeung Ek Memorial and Killing Fields ,on January 2014. This site opened from 7.30 am until 5.30 pm .Located bout 16 km from Phnom Penh towards the South West. Observed that many of the tourists use ranmorks ,it was a dusty road , they wear face masks.A bit of traffic jams can be experienced on the way there. Tourist paid for $ 6 and...

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Phnom Penh Restaurants

  • FCC (Foreign Correspondent Club)

    the FCC is just great...the best views over the river area along sisowath quay, great food...yes pricey compared to other eateries but the atmosphere and scenery are just classic...few places in asia can compare...if only the walls could talk...

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  • Eat/drink like the locals

    When you are in for a real Cambodian lunch or dinner, this restaurant is made for you. Normally rather full with Khmer families, all eating different dishes at the time. The have a big choise of Asian specialities at a very modest price. Their Lok Lak is really delicious, further more Khmer noodles with roasted chicken etc etc.

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  • Friends Restuarant

    If you're in Phnom Penh, I suggest you go eat here. It's not only nicely decorated, and nice food, but it's also a great initiative. Children from the street can go to school, and can learn in the restaurant how to cook and how to serve, so they can get a decent job when they are older.

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Phnom Penh Nightlife

  • FCC (Foreign Correspondent Club)

    The FCC is extremely popular with tourists and ex-pats alike, and although it has a great location with a fantastic rooftop bar offering great views, it wasn’t the place for us. The drinks were overpriced. The food was inauthentic. Although it wasn’t our kind of place I can see how it is a popular spot with a lot of tourists. Because that’s exactly...

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  • Hearts of Darkness

    Last Saturday night, it was just packed. Good music, good crowd and reasonably priced drinks. Went with a group of friends, and spent a bit of time in the quieter upstairs bar overlooking the dancefloor which is good for people watching, then back down into the western & local crowd. none

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  • Riverside

    We only ventured out one night while in Phnom Penh, to meet a fellow traveler we had met on the Mekong Delta trip that brought us to the Cambodian capital. The Pink Elephant was an okay travelers’ pub with Western foods and drinks and though cheaper than back home, it’s not as cheap as the places locals go to. It’s also on the Riverfront and this...

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Phnom Penh Transportation

  • Getting there and away

    If you are travelling from Phnom Penh to Vietnam or vise versa then going by boat is a nice alternative to taking the bus which is what most people do. The boats travel from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc in Vietnam and it's a nice trip that takes four and a half hour including the time you will spend at the border for visa stamps and so on. The trip down...

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  • Tuk tuk

    -Everyone is like Piranha, just waiting for an opportunity to deceive you and grab your dollars. -Be very careful with "Tuk-Tuk" , after confirming the price, please prepare the exact amount, any extra chances for you to get back the balance is rare. -"Tuk-tuk" like Zombies scattered all around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It won't take long to...

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  • Motorbike

    Pay no more that USD 1 (foreigner price) per destination within the city. If someone is trying to ask for more than that, just walk off and take another one. I’ve tried to bargain for 3000 riel but didn’t manage to pull the trick off. Price of tuk-tuk is slightly more expensive. As always bargain before you get on the bike.

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Phnom Penh Shopping

  • Russian Market

    I really like the Russian Markets, though it can be very hot and stifling in there, so get there early if you can. You can buy absolutely everything you could ever imagine here and the best part is a lot of the clothing is very good quality and in western sizes. They also now have a huge selection of winter clothing, jackets, jeans etc. Wander in...

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  • Central Market (Pasah Thmay)

    Central Market (Phsar Thmei, which means New Market) is on the corner of Street 67 & Street 136. The building these markets are in is a landmark in Phnom Penh due to their unique style. The vaulted ceiling up to 30 metres in places give the place a spacious feeling, so walking around in here is nice. Walking up the entrance to the markets on...

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  • Russian Markets

    I really like the Russian Markets, though it can be very hot and stifling in there, so get there early if you can. You can buy absolutely everything you could ever imagine here and the best part is a lot of the clothing is very good quality and in western sizes.They also now have a huge selection of winter clothing, jackets, jeans etc.Wander in...

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Phnom Penh Local Customs

  • Useful informations

    As most tourists know, it is not advised to drink anything but bottled water while in Cambodia. But the ice in country is actually made from filtered water and is therefore, supposedly safe to consume. The ice is transported in large blocks and on the back of carts as seen being loaded in the photo. But do beware, sometimes the blocks of ice are...

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  • Daily life

    Opposite the Royal Palace along the river is this small shrine which seemed to have some kind of ceremony happening when I was there. You'll also find people selling flowers, birds (which I think are said to bring good luck/your wishes come true when you let them go), and street hawkers.

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  • Religion

    It’s a very common sight to see Buddha’s in local temples with money donations in plain view, something Westerns might find odd in such a poverty stricken country. But as is the case in most cultures, robbing religion is not common even in a country as politically corrupt as Cambodia. Still, the Khmer Rouge had little regard for religious...

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Phnom Penh Warnings and Dangers

  • From dusk till dawn

    A bit tipsi after hitting the bars on 104th and 136th St., it was about 1:30 am, I got into a moto to go back to my hotel. After I told the driver the name of my hotel, a popular hotel he should have known, he made motions that he didn't understand or did not know where my hotel was. He also seemed a little perturbed at my manner then got on his...

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  • Your bag is your life

    The warnings are in every guidebook and it is a common topic among visitors as they sink into the sofas at a pavement cafe. I normally treat the warnings of daylight theft casually, but I, also, felt that you could be at greater risk of being mugged or attacked in Phnom Penh than in almost any other city I have visited in recent years. I can't...

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  • "Corruption"

    I'm going to directly contradict the advice on visas left here in the past. Do get your visa at the border but only after you have passed through Thai immigration and onto the bridge. You will be ripped off a little, but only a little. Expect to pay approx. $3 as a premium for rapid, efficient service - or you can wait for an hour or so and pay the...

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Phnom Penh Tourist Traps

  • Killing Fields

    When you arrive at the airport you will be approached by taxi drivers who will try to rip you off. Remember, you can get a tuk tuk to take you anywhere you want for a full day for 15$, don't pay anything more, you will get offers to take you here or there for 30$ and on up, don't agree, shop around and when in doubt just head to your hotel and grab...

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  • Touts

    As you arrive by boat from Siem Reap, you will find many guesthouses' touts waiting for you at the pier. It is a bit confusing at the beginning, they shout and hassle you around... If you have a guidebook, take a deep look at the accomodations section while you are on the boat, before arriving. Decide then where to go. You will probably find a guy...

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  • Currency Exchange

    I wanted to change US$ into Riel at Guest House Chey. The fat owner of the guest house also owns the pharmacy on the ground floor manned by his son. He has a currency exchange counter outside the pharmacy. I gave him US$8, instead of giving me the correct change of 33,600 Riels, he gave me only 30200. When I enlightened him of the 200 Riels as...

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Phnom Penh What to Pack

  • Toiletries & Medical Supplies

    WHEN TRAVELLING ON DAILY TRIPS I ALWAYS CARRY IN THE TROPICS: A SMALL BACKPACK WITH FOLLOWING ITEMS: PLENTY OF FRESH DRINKING WATER (ALWAYS CHECK THE SEAL ON THE CAP TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS NOT A REFILL: ANOTHER DEFINATE ITEM I CARRY IS A RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT: GOOD COMFORTABLE WALKING /HIKING BOOTS/SHOES: A SMALL ROLLED UP PONCHO...

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  • Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

    It is hot in Cambodia. When visiting Siem Reap, wear open, hiking shoes so you can visit as much as you can. You will be tempted to buy a hat if you don't bring one with you. If you ride in motorcycles and you don't like to ruin your hairdo, wear, by all means, a hat.

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  • Luggage And Bags

    Our Cambodian style of packing, Oh Yeah. This picture is taken from the border crossing between Bavet of Cambodia and Mocbai of Vietnam. As usual you need to fill up some troublesome forms and open your luggage for inspection but that's fun I think, just enjoy. One more thing I noticed everytime while crossing the border, most tourists will show...

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Phnom Penh Off The Beaten Path

  • "Local life"

    Although there are several covered markets in the city that cater to tourists and locals alike, to get a better sense of the native culture check out the outdoor street market to rub elbows, quite literally, with the locals. We only had one full day in Phnom Penh and it was the first destination of our trip so we opted not to shop like the tourists...

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  • Killing Fields

    Lying approximately 15km from central Phnom Penh in rural surroundings, I arranged a driver via the tour desk of my hotel. I was shocked at how peaceful the place was, especially considering the mass genocide that took place here. Between 1975 and 1978, over 17,000 men, women and children were brought here to be executed. Many were bludgeoned to...

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  • "Firing Ranges"

    The firing range is just out of Phnom Penh in the direction of the airport. It involves a couple of unsealed roads and one checkpoint as you enter the compound, so it is better to have a driver take you there. They have approximately 50 different kinds of weapons which you can fire, throw or set off. They range in price from $20 to $250, depending...

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Phnom Penh Sports & Outdoors

  • HASH HARRIERS, (RUN and BEER)

    Just remembered something that might be of interest. When i was in Phnom Penh i joined the local Hash Harriers on their Sunday run and really enjoyed it. Anybody can join, just meet at the train station at 2.45 on a Sunday, you will be picked up and taken by truck to outside (maybe not always outside) the city, then you will run (or walking course...

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  • Elephant Riding

    I do not know if it is counted as a type of sport activity or not but this is a common sporty activity of Cambodians which i felt ! I also saw some boys playing football but i do not think so that its very famous out there.

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Phnom Penh Favorites

  • Cambodian People

    Cambodian people and culture are great. There is a big push for people to learn English, and for Cambodians knowing English is the difference between a crappy job and a good one. So they will love speaking English to you and chatting. A lot of Cambodian adults spend their days at work and nights in school being taught English, for which they pay a...

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  • Royal Palace

    When visiting Palaces, museums, temples in Cambodia, remember to dress appropriately! You can wear a T-shirt accompanied by a pair of long pants or three-quarter Bermudas. The ticket office rents T-shirts for US$1 each but they don't rent pants. I wore shorts that day and they asked me to pull it down until it covered my knees (cheers to Elastic...

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  • Tonle Sap River

    We were in siem reap last year for this festival. I would recommened this activity; Don't stay on a bridge with too many people. You may see the boat races from about everywhere all day long. have a nice trip

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