Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Complete City Guide

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Complete City Guide
4 April, 2020 0 Comments

"Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Complete City Guide

This city of Cambodia is raw, wild, and untamed. Once considered the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh is one of the country’s gateways thanks to its international airport. This city is also the capital of Cambodia since the time when the Siamese Empire invaded Cambodia from the north. This city is a great city that is worth a visit. You can explore most of the city in just two or three days.

So, here is the travel guide to help you to navigate through this beautiful city.

Getting to Phnom Penh

The best transportation option to go and from the airport in Phnom Penh is a taxi. You will not find metered taxis, but there is an official booth at both domestic and international terminal with set prices. The price from the airport to the city centre should cost you around 10USD.

You can also get a tuk-tuk from the airport to the city centre. The tuk-tuks usually cost about 5USD from the airport to the city centre.

Public transit to and from the airport is not available; however, if you have booked rooms advance, some hotels offer free airport pick-up and drop-off.

Getting Around Phnom Penh

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The cheapest option would be to take a tuk-tuk. They will take you all around the city, and you don’t have to wait long for a ride. Within the city, the trips might cost around 2USd to 6USd. But, make sure you have set the price beforehand, and also negotiate the price as they set in high for tourists.

You will mostly won't find a metered taxi in Phnom Penh. Taxis should cost about 75cents per kilometres. They are quite expensive than tuk-tuks and is mostly not required as you can get a comfortable ride even in a tuk-tuk.

Most of the visitors in Phnom Penh travel by remork. Short journeys in remork cost about 2-3USD. You can also hire a remork for a whole day for USD12-15 per day. Before riding the remork, make sure you set on a specific price.

You can also get cyclo to explore the city at a slower pace. Cyclos are bicycle rickshaw which is a great form of transportation to explore the city.

Best Time to Visit

Phnom Penh is warm all year round. The ideal season to visit is between November and February as these months will be a bit cooler and the chances of rainfall are also minimal. It is the cold months of Cambodia, but still, the weather is warm and perfect for exploring the city.

The months from September to October is rainy season in Phnom Penh, but even during this time, rain doesn’t really affect your travel as it usually is short blasts of rainfall in the afternoons.

The hottest time of the year is from May to October when the temperatures range from 22degree to as high as 38degree Celsius, particularly April and May. During this time, humidity is also extremely high. However, if you can handle the heat this time is also great for a visit as there won’t be as much crowd as in peak seasons. Also, you will get great accommodations in a bargain.

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh

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For those in budget and don’t want to spend much on accommodation, Base Villa is the one for you. It is a villa, refurbished into a youth hostel. It is located right in the city centre, and you can get a dorm bed on as low as 4.5 USD per night. For this price, you will also have access to a beautiful swimming pool.

If you can spend little more on hotels and get a better room in a better hotel, you should try the Tea House Asian Urban Hotel, located near many tourist attractions. The hotel offers great service at a reasonable price. The hotel also features an excellent swimming pool, a gym, a spa, a massage centre, and many more. Here, you will also get to taste different kinds of tea from around the world.

Things to Do in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace

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The one place you shouldn’t miss in Phnom Penh is the Royal Palace. This palace has been the home of all the kings of Cambodia since 1860. The palace is huge with lots of buildings; you will be spending half the day to explore all of it. The entry ticket will cost 10USd, but the price is worth it. However, remember that you will have to follow a certain dress code; both man and woman should wear dresses that cover your shoulders and knees. Also, caps and hats are prohibited. Inside, you can get to see lots of beautiful Khmer architecture and spectacular royal gardens. Here, you will also get to see several Buddhist temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The Tuol Sleng Museum

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The Tuol Sleng Museum also referred to as the Genocide Museum was a school that the Khmer Rouge transformed into a prison. Here, you will see the photos of the prison, and you can also visit the prison cells and different torture rooms.

The Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields)

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This site marks one of the bloodiest parts of human history. This is the place of the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979 and led by Pol Pot. Commonly known as the Killing Fields, The Choeung Ek Memorial is located 17km away from the city centre of Phnom Penh. You can easily reach there on a tuk-tuk. The entry ticket to the place costs about 6USD, and they also provide you with a guide. However, we don’t recommend you to visit the place if you are easily affected by representations of violence. This site reminds you what humans can do to impose their ideas. Here, you will get to see different ways the Khmer Rouge perpetrated their crime against humanity.

The Phsar Tuol Tom Poung Market (The Russian Market)

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The place is also known as The Russian Market because many Russian living in Phnom Penh in the 1980s used to shop there. However, at present, you won’t find any Russians there. Here, you will find almost everything from local produce and clothes to lots of great souvenirs at a bargain.

Wat Phnom

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Wat Phnom is a beautiful temple located in the north of the city. The name of the city comes from this temple. Phnom Penh means “Penh Hill”, referring to an old legend where an old lady named Daun Penh found four Buddha statues in a tree trunk floating on the Mekong. It is said that she picked them and kept them in her house at the peak of a hill. After few years, a temple was built to house the statues on the famous Penh hill.

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