Phnom PenhCambodia

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Visit Phnom Penh

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

Central Market featuring markets and flowers as well as an individual female

Phnom Penh City Centre

3.5/5Good!(125 area reviews)

Phnom Penh City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for its lively bars, interesting museums and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like National Museum of Cambodia or Royal Palace while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Phnom Penh City Centre
Wat Ounalom showing heritage elements and a temple or place of worship

Daun Penh

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and stunning river views are just a few highlights of Daun Penh. Make a stop by National Museum of Cambodia or Royal Palace while you're exploring the area.

Daun Penh
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Chamkar Mon

4/5Very Good!(45 area reviews)

Casinos, cocktail bars and spas are just a few things travellers enjoy about Chamkar Mon. Check out Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or Independence Monument while you're exploring the area.

Chamkar Mon
Mean Chey, Cambodia

Mean Chey

Travellers like the shopping in Mean Chey, and Riverside is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Mean Chey
Prampir Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Prampir Makara

Prampir Makara is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Orussey Market and Olympic Stadium.

Prampir Makara
Ruessei Kaev, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Ruessei Kaev

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

While visiting Ruessei Kaev, you might make a stop by sights like Riverside and AEON Mall Sen Sok City.

Ruessei Kaev

Top hotels in Phnom Penh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
5 out of 5
NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
Rs3,465
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Chamkar Mon, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Silver Pagoda and AEON Mall are also within 1 mi ...

3.8/5Good! (1,217 reviews)

"It was my second time staying at this hotel and I stayed at Naga World 2. The price was very affordable and the hotel was great."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
Rs16,054
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Located in Daun Penh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside, Wat Phnom and Central Market. Phnom Penh Night Market and Independence Monument ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (354 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel that is very well looked after, the staff, amenities, the food & drinks were all amazing."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
5 out of 5
26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh
Rs13,696
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of AEON Mall and Riverside. Independence Monument and Tuol Sleng Genocide ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (164 reviews)
Sofitel Cambodia

"Beautiful hotel! Bed was a little hard by plenty of blankets to soften."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

Popular things to do in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace
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Royal Palace

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Befitting the home of Cambodia’s royalty, the glittering golden roofline of this palace dominates Phnom Penh’s skyline.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

4.5/5(52 reviews)

This former prison outside Phnom Penh brings to light the brutality of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and honors the 17,000 people who lost their lives here. 

Wat Phnom
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Wat Phnom

4/5(44 reviews)

Sitting atop what is considered the only hill in Phnom Penh, this eclectic Buddhist monastery features a fascinating array of shrines, stupas and ornate buildings.

Independence Monument
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Independence Monument

4/5(48 reviews)

Like a massive lotus blooming from Phnom Penh’s center, this monument is a touching tribute to the country’s independence and to the people who made it possible.

National Museum of Cambodia
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National Museum of Cambodia

4/5(25 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at National Museum of Cambodia during your trip to Phnom Penh. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Silver Pagoda
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Silver Pagoda

4/5(27 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Phnom Penh when you take a trip to Silver Pagoda. Stroll along the area's riverfront or experience its fascinating museums.

Reviews of Phnom Penh

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
38
5 - Excellent 29.6875%
4 - Good
55
4 - Good 42.96875%
3 - Okay
29
3 - Okay 22.65625%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.5625%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

Dirty and once seen the sights, would not go again

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Very disappointing, will not go back. Will settle for Thailand every time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

The killing fields and museum was well worth visiting for a truly historical educational experience

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

We only had time to visit for one day as we wanted to move onto Siem Reap. But we spent New years eve here and it was really fun outside the Royal Palace. The only reason I give an OK and not excellent is the air quality. Just like Vietnam shocking!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Traffic is chaotic and can be problematic; use a grab app to get tuk tuks or you will be ripped off; There are some amazing sights and venues and would go back to Cambodia again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Very hot - much drier heat than Bangkok. Got to visit S21 and the Killing Fields. Hard to leave the hotel though!

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