Phnom Penh Travel Guide

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Phnom Penh Things to Do

  • Royal Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    The palace is a complex of several buildings in the center of Phnom Penh right on the banks of the Mekong river. To reach this place, if you walk from the riverside which is a beautiful stroll you'll see the Palace. It is easy to find either you came from the otherside of the city and also is very known by tuk-tuk drivers The palace was designed...

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  • Killing Fields

    4 out of 5 stars

    As you continue walking you see a lawn, and you will notice the holes in the lawn, these are the mass graves. Sometimes here and there sticking a piece of fabric from the ground. There is number of signs at the graves: 389 or 427 it means these are the number of victims that were found in this pit. Many victims have not yet been excavated from...

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  • Wat Phnom

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The top of the white pagoda can be seen from a distance, its spire aggressively piercing the sky. A long stairway leads you to the top (88.5 ft; 27 m). All around, you see greenery, well-laid out flower beds, benches and people lolling about. It is peaceful, calm and serene. You can hardly imagine you are treading on a man-made hill which gave...

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Phnom Penh Restaurants

  • FCC (Foreign Correspondent Club)

    4 out of 5 stars

    The place was very expensive compared with other PP area and took about USD $50 for a nice dinner of 2, including thinks. However, its location is extremely nice, closed to palace and river front Remember, it is a country that average wages are about $100 or less per month. Than you know what $50 means.

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  • Eat/drink like the locals

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Having last visited a number of years ago, it seemed only right to return. The place is conveniently located near to both the National Museum and the Royal Palace this place serves as an ideal place to eat at for either lunch or dinner. The menu specialises in tapas dishes and the menu is split into simple sections which gathers together the...

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Phnom Penh Nightlife

  • 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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  • 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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Phnom Penh Transportation

  • Tuk tuk

    Phnom Penh is very hot to get around on foot, but we don't mind the heat. If you want to get on one place to the other Tuk-Tuk is one of the easiest way around. Such as any places in Southeast Asia this kind of transport is very popular in Cambodia, but not all drivers are honest, so be aware! We sometimes take tuk-tuk. If you know the price...

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  • Getting there and away

    You can go Saigon to Phnom Penh by bus or via Chau Doc partly by boat (i think there are more companies doing this): http://www.mekongvietnam.com/MekongTours.aspx?ID_M=11&M_ID=BSV&lv=0&istour=0&PageIndex=1 The same is possible for Phnom Penh to Siem Reap/Ankor (boat on Tonle Lake is sometimes breaking down and a...

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  • Rent a Car

    If you are looking for the safest, friendliest and most knowledgeable driver to show you around Phnom Penh or anywhere in Cambodia, then Sam's Your Man!! Sam worked full time for Australian friends of ours who lived in Phnom Penh for four years. He was employed as their driver and some of his duties were vehicle maintenance, airport transfers,...

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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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  • Branded stuff at local markets

    Phnom Penh is an excellent place to buy cheap knock off clothes and accessories. Whatever you need you will find everything at the market. If you are looking for branded name in the export stores around the Russian or Central Markets such as backpack and other stuff you may have it here for a few dollarYou may found you are wearing the same...

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Phnom Penh Local Customs

  • Daily life

    Strolled around the city is so interesting. One of my favourite thing to do and see their culture especially the street scene. Each of Asian countries has its own way of life and culture A key feature of Cambodian cuisine and eating habits involves street food. At least once a day most Cambodians will have some form of street food. In Phnom Penh...

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  • Useful informations

    For some visitors in Cambodia it maybe confusing, the country has two currency. The real local currency is Cambodian riel (KHR). But Cambodia has in recent years become a dollar economy. You see all prices are in US dollars, tuk tuk also in dollars, but drivers are not fussy, if you pay in riel is for them the same You will notice the difference...

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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"

    When renting a motobike in Phnom Penh, be careful not to break any traffic rules. There are huge numbers of policemen who just wait until a foreigner violates a rule. Then they stop you and demand money. Keep in mind that everything can be bargained - I was meant to pay 20$ for violating a "No right-turns!" sign (which, I guess, wasn't even wrong:...

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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

  • 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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  • "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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  • "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 General

  • 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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  • 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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  • Street Life

    This is how the city of Phnom Penh looks like in December 2015. The traffic in the city is also caused by road construction. Motorbikes are seen everywhere, the same as in Vietnam. But Phnom Penh suffering with bad roads, not only in the city also in some urban areas Imagine, road construction here it isn't going any faster without using those...

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