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Phnom Penh
Travel Guide

Phnom Penh featuring a fountain, a square or plaza and nightlife

Phnom Penh lures visitors with its ancient relics and temples, deep and turbulant history and modern day energy.

Phnom Penh’s complicated and brutal history makes it a fascinating place to visit. Wander the streets and witness a city that is slowly bouncing back from decades of turmoil. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and later the headquarters of the French colonial administration. In 1975 it was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and subject to years of brutal rule, before the Vietnamese toppled the regime in 1979.

Today it is the economic and political capital of Cambodia and is home to some of its most spectacular temples and harrowing museums. You’ll see bustling street markets, wild traffic, and buildings from throughout its history. Check out Wat Phnom to see the temple that gave the city its name. For a look at some of its more impressive structures, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Wander through immaculately-maintained gardens, among gold and crystal Buddha statues, and over silver floors.

To see more ancient temples, visit Wat Sarawan or Wat Ounalom. Brush up on your local history with some time at the National Museum of Cambodia. There are statues and artifacts from the Angkorian era and beyond. Anyone looking to understand the country’s troubled recent past should head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Inside the school Pol Pot converted into the infamous S-21 Prison, you’ll see moving exhibits and what remains of the cramped cells.

Take a trip out to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn more. There are pits where murdered prisoners were buried, as well as a Buddhist stupa packed with victims’ skulls.

Back in the city, take a trip to the art deco Central Market. Shop for everything from clothes and jewellry to flowers. For a nice evening stroll, head to Sisowath Quay. There are some good restaurants, decent cafés, and a few bars.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs14,127 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Located in Daun Penh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside, Phnom Penh Night Market and Central Market. National Museum of Cambodia and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)
"Very clean staff very helpful thing was to much, the was nice."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Sovanna Hotel
Sovanna Hotel
4 out of 5
#6, Street 21, Tonle Bassac, Chamka Morn (Independent Monument Area), Phnom Penh, Kandal
The price is Rs9,639 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in Chamkar Mon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Lang Ka, Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument and Riverside. NagaWorld Casino and AEON Mall ...
4.4/5Excellent! (214 reviews)
"Hotel is clean and staff are friendly.accept no lift we had to carried our luggage up those stairs.. but we did enjoy the stay."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Sovanna Hotel
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
55 Street 178 Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs10,469 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia and Riverside. Royal Palace and Central Market ...
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs3,471 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and NagaWorld Casino are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (219 reviews)
High value/price ratio hotel
"People were hyper friendly, helpful and responsible. Facilities inside the room and common places are clean and functional. Was very nice to have fitness and swimming pool, and to have breakfast included. Value/price ratio is very high.."

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2020

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
SKY TREE RESIDENCE by New World Hospitality
SKY TREE RESIDENCE by New World Hospitality
3.5 out of 5
St.105, Sangkat Toul Sangke, Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs5,723 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Located in Ruessei Kaev, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Wat Phnom, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Independence Monument. ...
SKY TREE RESIDENCE by New World Hospitality
The Twin B Palace Hotel & Apartments
The Twin B Palace Hotel & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
#6, Street 306, corner of Norodom Blvd, Boeung Keng Kang 1, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs5,121 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Chamkar Mon, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Independence Monument and Riverside. AEON Mall and National Museum of Cambodia are also ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"有廚房可以使用,算是出租公寓"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2018

The Twin B Palace Hotel & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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