Exploring Phnom Penh



Exploring Phnom Penh

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A vibrant city, far removed from its harrowing past, Phnom Penh attracts a steady flow of visitors. Designed around a grid system, the capital does not have a distinct city center. The 3-mile (2-km) sweep of the riverfront known as Sisowath Quay is arguably the most attractive area in the city. Lined with upscale boutiques and myriad restaurants and bars, the area is liveliest at night. The city’s best-known landmarks, the beautiful and sprawling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, lie across from the flag-studded promenade of the Tonlé Sap River. A little farther ahead are the terra-cotta pavilions of the National Museum. To the west lies the well-known Central Market with its Mediterranean-style dome and bustling shops. The southern part of the city is home to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Psar Tuol Tom Pong.


Places of Worship

Wat Ounalom
Wat Phnom

Palaces and Museums

Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
National Museum of Cambodia
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum


Central Market
Psar Tuol Tom Pong

Areas of Natural Beauty

Koki Beach
Phnom Chisor
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Tonlé Bati


Phnom Penh does not have a comprehensive public transportation system. There are no public buses or even a train service. The best way to get around the city is in a tuk-tuk or moto, although areas such as Sisowath Quay are best explored on foot. Metered taxis, a relatively recent addition to the city, are reasonably priced and easily available for hire. Those who like to cycle can also move around the city on a hired bicycle.

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