Although many visitors skip Phnom Penh on their trips to Cambodia, the capital city of Cambodia is worth a visit. Phnom Penh is an excellent destination to learn more about Cambodian culture, cuisine, and local lives.
In this article, I’ll share the best things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, along with tips to have the best trip there.
Located about 15 km from the capital Phnom Penh and only 30 minutes by tuk-tuk, Cheung Ek is one of the thousands of killing fields around Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge practiced genocide during the late 1970s.
Between 1975-1978, over 20,000 men, women, and children tortured at S21 prison were transported to this extermination field.
Tips: You should rent the audio when purchasing the tickets. Without the audio, there won’t be many details to learn.
Warning: This site can be extremely distressing if you’re not emotionally prepared. I felt scared and sad during the visit.
Opening hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ticket price: $6 (entrance ticket)
3. Enjoy traditional Cambodian dance
Take a glimpse into Cambodian culture with the performances at the National Museum of Cambodia.
Depending on the price, visitors will choose the itinerary to suit their budget.
You can choose Phocea Mekong Cruises or Memorable Cambodia Cruise boats, both of which have departure platforms at Sisovath Quay.
8. See the Palace
The Palace is located on Samdach Sothearos Blvd, near the West Sisowath Quay.
As soon as I entered, I was impressed by the magnificent design and fancy motifs. The ticket to visit the Royal Palace for foreigners is $ 10 per person.
Except for the Khemarin Palace where the current King lives, you can visit other areas, including the famous Silver Pagoda.
9. Go shopping at the Russian Market
The Russian market is an ideal shopping place for those who love antiques, silk clothes, silver jewelry, and old banknotes collected from previous regimes.
Also, you can easily find electronic products such as DVDs and CDs, and handicrafts.
Opening hours: 7 am until 5 pm.
10. Dine at Phnom Penh night market
The Phsa Reatrey night market is a fun stop at night in Phnom Penh. Night Market was established in a relatively large campus located adjacent to the new Western Quarter.
There is a large stage in the middle, which is a place for performing arts. The front and sides of the stage are stalls adjacent to each other, selling all kinds of clothes, souvenirs, shoes, etc.
Behind the stage is a dining area with affordable prices. Streetfood at the night market includes many famous Cambodian dishes such as dried noodles, fried noodles, grilled pork and rice (Bai Sach Chrouk), Bread (Num Pang), and skewers.