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9 Things to Do in Phnom Penh

So you've decided to see for yourself how many cultures came together to form this modern day Cambodian city! Marvel at the royal lifestyle of Cambodian monarchs and afterwards have a French style aperitif by the banks of the river with a baguette in hand. There's something for everyone in Phnom Penh.

Royal Palace

Occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since the 19th century, the Royal Palace is made up of many grandiose buildings. The gilded throne hall is one of the most impressive. After you tour the grounds, visit the nearby Mekong River.

Silver Pagoda

The statues of Buddha at the Silver Pagoda are jewel encrusted and quite remarkable. You'll want to check out the pagoda as you visit the Royal Palace, as the temple is in the south side of the complex.

Choeung Ek

You may know Choeung Ek as the site of the mass killings during the Khmer Rouge regime. The memorial has the remains of those who were murdered on display in a Buddhist stupa. Choeung Ek is an important but intense part of the history of Phnom Penh.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Preserving the history of the Cambodian Genocide, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a memorial to the 20,000 prisoners who were killed in captivity.

Independence Monument

Inaugurated to celebrate Cambodian Independence from French Colonial rule, the Independence Monument was built by Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the park located in the center of the structure.

Wat Oualom

The Wat Oualom is one of the most important temples in Phnom Pehn. Visit the wat as you make your way through the Royal Palace complex, it's a short distance nearby.

Sisowath Quay

Listen to some birdsong as you walk the Sisowath Quay--the boardwalk of the river Tonle Sap. A scenic path along the water's edge, the quay offers a great daytime or evening sightseeing opportunity, as you can see many of Phnom Penh's best attractions along the way.

National Museum of Cambodia

Discover the illustrious history of Cambodia at the National Museum of Cambodia. Explore exhibitions that delve into the past of the former French colony through interactive exhibits, archaeological finds, and more.

Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument

This Soviet style monument was built in the 1970s after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. As a display of friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam, the structure is in a popular park ideal for picnicking on street food eats.

Planning Your Phnom Penh Visit

What to eat in Phnom Penh?

The street vendors in Cambodia are legendary. Catch a wok in motion and have some fresh vegetables and pork with noodles. And for dessert, have some sweet sliced mango. You'll also find some French staples like baguette and paté, culinary traditions leftover from the colonial times.

How to get around Phnom Penh?

Go on a motorbike taxi and ride around in style, but be sure to bargain the price down first. Otherwise, you can also take a bicycle around, a local bus, or a taxi.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Khmer
  • Currency
    Cambodian Riel (KHR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +855
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Phnom Penh is in the dry season from October to May. Meanwhile, 75 percent of the annual precipitation falls throughout the rest of year.

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What People Are Saying About Phnom Penh

Meeting point was not clear, but the tour was great.

Some initial problems with hotel bookings, but your Vietnam agency sorted it out and followed up with a courtesy phone call.

Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/14/2016

Jam packed tour, excellent guide and variety

This tour was brilliant from start to finish (except some of the bus driving was a little scary!!). Lots of fiftieth parts to each day, tour guide have great insight into Vietnamese life and life on the river. Great value for money and a simple way to get over to Cambodia without just sitting on a bus!

Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/30/2016

Convenient way to see authentic highlights of the Mekong Delta.

Our tour guide Max (his English name) was amazing. He was friendly, helpful and really fun. Definitely rent a bike and try the rat on the second day. Positive that we would not have seen all these gems without this tour. There are lots of optional and worthwhile add-ons, so be sure to bring extra dong along!

Awesome tour with an awesome guide (Max is the best!)

We had an amazing time on this tour, which took us to some awesome sights and packed in so many fun and interesting activities as well. Great value and Max was a funny, phenomenal tour guide. He even came out for drinks with us one night despite the fact he does not drink. Highly recommended!

Very good trip, only way to see the Mekong

Very hands on all day visiting various places and travelling on all kinds of boats. You need to be very fit to do some of the activities in the heat. Fast boat to Phnom Penh is a must.

Mekong Delta: 3-Day 2-Night Tour with Phnom Penh Exit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/04/2016

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