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Phnom PenhCambodia

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

Top hotels in Phnom Penh

Granferte Phnom Penh
Granferte Phnom Penh
3.5 out of 5
Street 331 & 570, Sangkat Boengkok, Khan Toul Kouk, Phnom Penh
Free cancellation
The price is Rs4,612 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Tuol Kouk, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverside, AEON Mall Sen Sok City and Central Market. Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Very spacious and comfortable!

"It was a very nice place with full facilities. There’s excellent service. I enjoyed my stay there."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Granferte Phnom Penh
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
#44. St. Sothearos Blvd (Corner St. 240), Chey Chumneas, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs3,903 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

This family-friendly Phnom Penh hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Silver Pagoda and Riverside. Royal Palace and Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (274 reviews)

"Excellent staff and service. Hotel is beautiful and clean authentic."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
#210 Street 282, BKK1, Phnom Penh
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,377 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Chamkar Mon, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wat Lang Ka, Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Riverside ...

4.3/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"Beautiful, relaxing roof terrace baR with tasty food. Lovely staff"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

Baitong Hotel & Resort
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Phnom Penh

Granferte Phnom Penh
Granferte Phnom Penh
3.5 out of 5
Street 331 & 570, Sangkat Boengkok, Khan Toul Kouk, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs4,612 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Tuol Kouk, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverside, AEON Mall Sen Sok City and Central Market. Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Very spacious and comfortable!

"It was a very nice place with full facilities. There’s excellent service. I enjoyed my stay there."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Granferte Phnom Penh
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 Rs2,537 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (217 reviews)

"Excellent staff. Large Rooms. Very attractive decor and always clean. Wonderful location with outstanding views."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Central Mansions
Central Mansions
4 out of 5
A-One Building, No. 1A, St. 102, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun, Phnom Penh
The price is Rs5,055 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Market, Riverside and Phnom Penh Night Market. National Museum of Cambodia ...

4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Disappointing service

"Delay check in Room service barge into the room without even ringing the door bell"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Central Mansions
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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