Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia located on the Mekong River. It is an up and coming city in Cambodia with lots of markets, historical sites, and reminders of its dark history. There’s also plenty of motorbikes whizzing by!
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Here are 10 things to do in Phnom Penh:
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: Start on a somber, but important, note by visiting one of the largest detention and torture centers in the country during Pol Pot’s reign of terror in the 70s. There are two survivors who are sometimes here to talk about their experiences.
- Russian Market: There is great souvenir shopping at this market. You’ll see a lot of name brand clothing, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s authentic.
- National Museum of Cambodia: Learn about Khmer design and see the large collection of Khmer sculptures.
- Post Office Square: Catch a glimpse of what old Phnom Penh was like. See the post office built in 1890, the former police station, the former chamber of commerce and more.
- Royal Palace: Walk around the grounds and see the Throne Hall at the official residence of the King. Parts of the palace are closed to the public. Dress appropriately.
- Central Market: Located in a very unique looking building is the Central Market. Wander around and see the varied items vendors are selling. Be prepared to bargain.
- Silver Pagoda: Inside the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda. It is named after the floor that is covered with five tons of silver.
- Night Market: This was our favorite thing we did in Phnom Penh. The energy here was really cool. Even if you are sick of shopping, it’s worth walking around and listening to live music and trying some interesting foods.
- Killing Fields of Choeung Ek: Approximately 17,000 were killed here in the 70s during the Khmer Rouge. It is a sad, somber, yet peaceful place to walk around and learn about this dark time in Cambodia’s history.
- Food tour: You can take food tours in Phnom Penh with a guide to learn about and try street food and local dishes.
For your trip to Cambodia, you might be thinking of just going to Angkor Wat, but we hope you’ll give Phnom Penh a try! It’s a great city! If you want to read more about our Mekong River cruise, please check out this post: Exploring Vietnam & Cambodia: Mekong River Cruise
Have you been to Phnom Penh? What are your recommendations?
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