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Phnom Penh Attractions in Cambodia

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Phnom Penh Attractions, Tourist attractions and places of interest, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the only one Capital of Cambodia. It is burgeoning year after year. Comparing to over last five years, Phnom Penh is now very beautiful and quite different from what we saw before.

Cambodian (Khmer):ភ្នំពេញ
Dial codes (Tel):(+ 855 23)
Time zone:(UTC+07:00)

It is considered as one of must visiting places in Cambodia. It is a crossroad of Asia's past and present, a city of extremes of poverty and excess, but one that never fails to captivate the visitor.

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Tourist attractions and places of interest in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Legend has it that the city of Phnom Penh was founded when an old woman named Penh found four Buddha images that had come to rest on the banks of the Mekong River. She housed them on a nearby hill, and the town that grew up here came to be known as Phnom Penh (Hill of Penh).


The story, however, gives no hint as to why, in the 1430ss, Angkor was abandoned and Phnom Penh was chosen as the site of the new Cambodian capital. The move has been much lamented as evidence of cultural decline, but it made a good deal of practical sense. Angkor was poorly situated for trade and subject to attacks from the Siamese (Thai) kingdom of Ayuthaya.


Phnom Penh commanded a more central position in the Khmer territories and was perfectly located for riverine trade with Laos and China, via the Mekong Delta. The Tonle Sap river provided access to the rich fishing grounds of the Tonle Sap lake.

Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Cambodia's Royal Palace, located along Sothearos Boulevard, was built in 1866, during the reign of King … Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Address: Samdach Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Historical Sites in Phnom Penh

Phnom PenhTuol Sleng Genocidal Museum

Toul Sleng Genocidal Museum, Security Prison 21 (S-21)

Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum is the former Tuol Sleng High School. In 1975, during the … Phnom Penh Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum

Address: Street 113, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh The Killing Fields Choeung Ek Execution Area

The Killing Fields Choeung Ek Execution Area

Located 15 km from Phnom Penh, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek have recently become a tourist … The Killing Fields Choeung Ek Execution Area

Address: 8 kilometers south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh

There are a clutch of main attractions on everybody’s first time visit list. This may include the Royal Palace, as well as sites associated with the Khmer Rouge regime, such as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the poignant Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre. The Russian Market is also on the list as well as some great food at the French Quarter or maybe dinner on a boat as the sun sets on the Tonle Sap.


However away from the usual tourist attractions, consider a visit to tranquil Koh Dach or Silk Island, a 60 minute tuk tuk ride from the city centre, plus a 15 minute make-shift ferry journey or if you’re adventurous a short motorbike ride. This is an excursion away from the bustle and hustle of the capital and a good half or full day excursion.

Museums and Monuments in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh National Museum

National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Phnom Penh is instantly recognizable, with its warm red terracotta and … Phnom Penh National Museum

Address: Preah Ang Eng Street (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)

Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)

Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) built in 1958 as a memorial to Cambodia's … Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)

Address: Preah Norodom Blvd (41), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

Built in the late 1970s, the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument was commissioned … Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument

Address: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Pagodas and Temples in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom, the most important temple of Phnom Penh

Wat Unaloam, located near the Royal Palace, is an ideal monastery for tourist to learn about Cambodian's Buddhism … Wat Ounalom

Address: Ly Yoak Lay Street (172), Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia

Wat Phnom Phnom Penh

Wat Phnom a Buddhist temple and hill

Located a short distance from the Royal Palace, the heart of the capital Wat Phnom is popular with Cambodians and … Wat Phnom

Address: Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh

One advantage of having your own transport is you can go where you want, without being directed to where the guide might like to take you. After a few kilometres we met a number of giant human mannequins racing from house to house collecting money for a temple. As the name of the island suggests, a big occupation here is the silk weaving. There many weavers and several sericulturists (silk producers) on the island.


It is estimated that there are 20,000 weavers and about 50100 sericulturists in Cambodia; with 95% of the raw silk imported from neighbouring Vietnam. Not far from the ferry you will see high silted houses with huge intricate looms underneath. At Chong Koh village cooperative, ladies spin and weave individually designed sarongs and scarves. You should politely bargain if you would like to buy something.

Tonle Sap Lake & River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tonle Sap Lake & River

Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, and one of the most unique ecological water … Tonle Sap Lake & River

Address: Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Markets in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Central Market (Psar Thom Thmei)

Central Market (Psar Thom Thmei)

The distinctive art-deco styling of the Central Market makes it stand out among the architecture of … Phnom Penh Central Market

Address: Prey Nokor Street (126), Calmette Street (53), Samdech Preah Sangk Neayok Souk St. (136) and Samdach Sang Neayok Srey Street (67), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Russia Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Russia Market, Phsar Toul Tum Poung

This market is popular to collectors of genuine antiques … Russia Market

Address: Street 155, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Weather in Phnom Penh

Weather in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Weather in Phnom Penh

Humidity, Wind, Visibility, Pressure, Weather this week, Current Weather, Maximum Temperature … Check the Weather in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

If you are tired of bland South East Asian beer, you are in for a treat with a brewery tour on offer afternoons 1pm to 5pm. You can walk around the plant, try some sampler beers, and then more beer if you haven’t had enough. Cambodia’s old capital Oudong, also spelt Udong is worth a half or full day excursion.


It was the capital from 1618 to 1868, until the French persuaded King Norodom to move the royal court to Phnom Penh. You can hire a tuk tuk for the day, but I decided to make full use of the motorcycle I had hired. It is about 40kms out of Phnom Penh, and once out of the city, it is a pleasant ride following the banks of the Tonle Sap for a while.


There is a steep climb, but the views are awesome. You can take a path that runs along the ridge that allows you to visit a number of sites without going downhill. The most memorable is Chedi Damrei Sam Poan, built in honour of Cambodian King Ang Duong, whose official title is Preah Raja Samdach Preah Hariraksha Rama Suriya Maha Isvara Adipati. It was built to house the King’s ashes by his son King Norodom in 1891. A four-faced stupa looks down sternly and ominously on visitors below.

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