Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s busy capital and is undeniably an interesting tourist destination. Phnom Penh has returned to better times since its troubled history to become a great city to visit.
- Things To Do in Phnom Penh
- Learn About Cambodia’s History
- Shop At The Central Market
- Check out the Beauty of Temples
- Enjoy Phnom Penh’s Nightlife
- Try The Local Food
- Go On Any Adventure
- Cruise On The Mekong River
- A Visit the Animal Sanctuary
- Where To Stay in Phnom Penh
- Wrapping Up
Spread along the banks of Mekong and Tonle Siap Rivers, Phnom Penh has the combination of modern and old buildings.
The markets pungent scents, motorbike or mopeds buzzing by every minute and the distinct history highlights the attraction in the city.
Things To Do in Phnom Penh
Before you head to Siem Reap, make sure not to skip Phnom Penh for some interesting places to visit.
Here are some of the best things to do in Phnom Penh.
Learn About Cambodia’s History
Cambodian culture can be seen just by strolling along the streets but when you really want to know further about the culture, it is important to find out about history.
The killing fields is a big part of Cambodia’s history. There are two main attractions in Cambodia to learn more about the history. Which are.
- Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
- Tuol Sleng Museums or were known as S-21 Prison
Both museums cater for the important part of Cambodia’s dark history under the regime of Khmer Rouge. The S-21 Prison serves as a memorial monument to thousands of people who were murdered as well as imprisoned and the genocidal center or killing fields serve as a peaceful ground.
You may find the place slightly depressing but visiting the museums will help you understand the history of Cambodia and see how the people remain resilient after all those things happened to them.
Shop At The Central Market
You must agree with me if there is something interesting when it comes to markets in Asia. It always hustles and bustles with loads of colorful stalls form like mazes.
Phnom Penh is no exception when it comes to the market. The two famous markets in Phnom Penh are.
- Psar Thmei, Russian Market
- Central Market with lively locals.
Markets in Phnom Penh offer a wide choice of local arts, handicrafts, furniture, and even designer handbags.
Asia’s markets, including in Phnom Penh, is the place where you want to test your bargain and haggling skills.
Check out the Beauty of Temples
Even though most people will think of Siem Reap when it comes to temples but Phnom Penh also has some temples (wats) which deserve attention as well. The famous temples in Phnom Penh to visit are:
- Phnom Chisor
- Wat Langka
- Ta Prohm
- Wat Phnom
- Wat Ounalom
Similar to visit other temples in any other places, make sure to cover the knees and shoulder because temples are sacred grounds in which locals use to pray. Hence, it is important to respect their belief.
Visiting a tranquil retreat located in the capital’s hustle and bustle can be a great option when you are in the city.
Enjoy Phnom Penh’s Nightlife
Phnom Penh’s nightlife may not be on the list especially when you don’t have much time to stay in the city. Phnom Penh has more than its fair share of bars and clubs.
The city is, in fact, loaded with cinemas from huge cinemas which plays the latest movies to small or indie film houses which known more a picture house.
If you are in a good mood for a good laugh, do not miss a comedy show in the city. Surprisingly, comedians all over the world perform regularly in the city.
Try The Local Food
Southeast Asian countries are a great place if you have the gut for a culinary adventure.
You will find a great range of extreme foods in Phnom Penh such as deep-fried crickets, crawlies such as giant tarantulas, fertilized duck embryos and more.
Most markets in the city also offer local cuisine which you can try.
Go On Any Adventure
If you think there will be no adventures in Phnom Penh, then you are completely wrong.
Phnom Penh is full of adventures such as white water rafting, zip-lining, kayaking, rock climbing, and trekking.
If you do not want to do something extreme, you can just explore the city with a motorcycle or Vespa.
You certainly will find something amazing along the way. Happy exploring!
Cruise On The Mekong River
The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is situated between Tonle Sap River and Mekong River. Exploring the city is something that you should not miss.
There are tours available to explore the city through rivers, visit villages in the river banks and even have lunch or dinner on the water.
However, the most popular cruise by far is the sunset river cruise. Floating villages may be something common in Siem Reap, but the capital city has a different vibe of floating villages known as Kompong Chhnang.
This floating village in Phnom Penh is not so touristy and more low key than Siem Reap. With all the inclusive adventure and leisure, cruise along the Mekong River is a must.
A Visit the Animal Sanctuary
Cambodia is the home to a wildlife sanctuary. An animal sanctuary is a place dedicated to conversation and rehabilitation of animals.
You can get close to the animals by spending a day to feed, trekking and even wash them in the natural habitat.
In Cambodia, there are animal sanctuaries you can visit which are Wildlife Sanctuary and Mondulkiri Elephant.
You can also devote your time or simply interact with an elephant, of course, is a natural and ethical way.
Where To Stay in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Phnom Penh Cambodia.
Remember to check reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
Phnom Penh Le Vincent Hotel
Rating 8.3, Double rooms start from $26
Phnom Penh Le Vincent Hotel offers accommodation with air-conditioned rooms that are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi is available in public areas. Some units feature a private balcony that opens up to views of the city.
Rating 8.5, Double rooms start from $16
Fancy Guesthouse is in the heart of the city. You also can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property. Cooled with air conditioning, each room is furnished with a seating area and TV. It includes an en suite bathroom with a shower.
Home Chic Hotel
Rating 8.5, Double rooms start from $33
Home Chic Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.
Rating 8.2, Double rooms start from $29
Relax Hotel offers accommodation with every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and features a private balcony that opens up to views. Free WiFi is available
Finally, there is a fair bit to do in Phnom Penh, that offers a good range of resorts, restaurants, activities, and bars to keep you busy. Phnom Penh is the place to go if you want to hike or relax with much more to do but depends on your interests.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do in Phnom Penh Cambodia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any other places to visit.