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9 things to do in Phnom Penh

So you've decided to see for yourself how many cultures came together to form this modern day Cambodian city! Marvel at the royal lifestyle of Cambodian monarchs and afterwards have a French style aperitif by the banks of the river with a baguette in hand. There's something for everyone in Phnom Penh.

  • Royal Palace

    1. Royal Palace

    Occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since the 19th century, the Royal Palace is made up of many grandiose buildings. The gilded throne hall is one of the most impressive. After you tour the grounds, visit the nearby Mekong River.

  • Silver Pagoda

    2. Silver Pagoda

    The statues of Buddha at the Silver Pagoda are jewel encrusted and quite remarkable. You'll want to check out the pagoda as you visit the Royal Palace, as the temple is in the south side of the complex.

  • Choeung Ek

    3. Choeung Ek

    You may know Choeung Ek as the site of the mass killings during the Khmer Rouge regime. The memorial has the remains of those who were murdered on display in a Buddhist stupa. Choeung Ek is an important but intense part of the history of Phnom Penh.

  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    4. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Preserving the history of the Cambodian Genocide, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a memorial to the 20,000 prisoners who were killed in captivity.

  • Independence Monument

    5. Independence Monument

    Inaugurated to celebrate Cambodian Independence from French Colonial rule, the Independence Monument was built by Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the park located in the center of the structure.

  • Wat Oualom

    6. Wat Oualom

    The Wat Oualom is one of the most important temples in Phnom Pehn. Visit the wat as you make your way through the Royal Palace complex, it's a short distance nearby.

  • Sisowath Quay

    7. Sisowath Quay

    Listen to some birdsong as you walk the Sisowath Quay--the boardwalk of the river Tonle Sap. A scenic path along the water's edge, the quay offers a great daytime or evening sightseeing opportunity, as you can see many of Phnom Penh's best attractions along the way.

  • National Museum of Cambodia

    8. National Museum of Cambodia

    Discover the illustrious history of Cambodia at the National Museum of Cambodia. Explore exhibitions that delve into the past of the former French colony through interactive exhibits, archaeological finds, and more.

  • Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument

    9. Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument

    This Soviet style monument was built in the 1970s after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. As a display of friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam, the structure is in a popular park ideal for picnicking on street food eats.

Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Phnom Penh?

    The street vendors in Cambodia are legendary. Catch a wok in motion and have some fresh vegetables and pork with noodles. And for dessert, have some sweet sliced mango. You'll also find some French staples like baguette and paté, culinary traditions leftover from the colonial times.

  • How to get around Phnom Penh?

    Go on a motorbike taxi and ride around in style, but be sure to bargain the price down first. Otherwise, you can also take a bicycle around, a local bus, or a taxi.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Cambodian Riel (KHR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Phnom Penh is in the dry season from October to May. Meanwhile, 75 percent of the annual precipitation falls throughout the rest of year.

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 776 reviews

It ended up being a personal tour. I was driven by Tuk Tuk to sights such as Wat Phnom, an Golden Temples. Visiting the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, while somewhat difficult to grasp, are important sights to see in Phnom Penh. I had a great time on the tour, the driver was fantastic. Just experiencing the city in that way was incredible. Thanks!

We really enjoyed our guide on this tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and filled in many holes in our understanding of what happened during the genocide as well as surrounding the politics. I would highly recommend this tour of the Killing Fields.

Our guide, Genda, spoke very good English and was very helpful to us in understanding the timeline and events. She was terrific and we would strongly endorse her for any English speaking group.

Very good journey - a bit long (6 hours from door to door) but stopped twice and certainly better than flying. At least you see a bit of rural Cambodia

Extremely reliable, the driver arrived on time and drove me safely.