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Best Things To Do in Phnom Penh

If you are looking for best things to do in Phnom Penh, then this is the perfect place you have landed. Pause here and you will get all your answers. Phnom Penh is one name that just can't resist the opportunity to conjure in you can picture of the exotic landscape. Settled at the conversion of 3 waterways - the great Tonle Sap, stunning Bassac and the mighty Mekong, the destination really is the veritable oasis in contrast with the innovation delineated by the other Asian capitals. The rippling saffron of the priests' robes, gleaming towers of the Royal Castle and the fascinating areas close to the banks of the Mekong, it is maybe that Asia which many dreams about from far and inside.

The metropolis was before viewed as the 'Pearl of Asia'. Its place of worship was damaged as a result of transformation and war. Be that as it may, the city has really ascended from the fiery remains and has made its name among the hip capitals of the district certify to its clamoring nightlife and bars, charming bistro culture and a first-rate sustenance scene

As a traveler, you will all basic amenities and activities which you expect in this region of the globe. From comfortable staying to delicious eateries along with the fun of shopping and remarkable sightseeing all, you will enjoy in this part of the world.

The conurbation is known for its things to do which everyone enjoys going ahead with. Some of such activities are like cooking classes, bicycle tours, playing golf, cruising, casino, diving, shooting, spa scuba diving and lots more.

Thus, there shall be no hesitation on your part to explore this wonderful capital city of Cambodia. Every visitor takes home back a lot of memories and unforgettable moments. There are lot of things to do in Phnom Penh.

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    5 Day Tour of Cambodia
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    Siem Reap
    d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the ActivityEmbark on a fun and insightful tour of Cambodia on this 5 day 4 night trip.The tour starts on arrival at Siem Reap and ends at departure from Phnom Penh.The tour covers the best of Cambodia including the revered Angkor Wat temple, sightseeing of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and a lot of sightseeing.

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    Cultural and Historical Tour in Phnom Pehn
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    Phnom Penh
    d1 Day

    About the Activity:Indulge in this exciting cultural tour in Phnom Pehn and get a chance to learn about the culture and history of this region.Get picked up from your hotel at 8:30 AM in an air conditioned vehicle and explore some of the best places.Visit the Royal Palace (a classic example of royal Khmer architecture), Silver Pagoda (Emerald Buddha)newly erected statue commemorating the late King Father (Sihanouk).Admire the architecture of the pagoda at Wat Phnom, the Silver Pagoda and the Independence Monument. Enjoy a delicious lunch and then continue sightseeing by taking a sobering walk through Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum .Learn about the cultural and the historical facts bleak period of Khmer history which followed the fall of Phnom Penh in April 1975.Continue on to Choeung Ek Memorial, one of the infamous Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge executed around 17,000.Conclude your tour at 5:00 PM in the evening and get dropped back at your hotel.

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    A Guided Tour of Phnom Penh City
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    Phnom Penh
    h9 Hours

    About the Activity:Explore Phnom Penh, a fascinatingly dynamic city with tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades which are reminders of the bygone era, that today teems with life.Start your tour at Wat Phnom, where a legend states that the city began here when a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues and built the temple to house them.Afterwards, witness the splendour of Cambodia's royal heritage by visiting the Royal Palace, still the official residence of the King, the adjacent Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, which contains a comprehensive collection of Khmer art.Afternoon onwards, learn about Cambodia's tragic past and the Khmer Rouge regime at the Tuol Sleng Museum.Finally, visit one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market which is located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building or the sprawling Russian Market.The tour starts at 8 AM and ends at 5 PM.

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    Phnom Penh
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting cooking classes in Cambodia and learn to prepare some special Cambodian dishes.Start this tour at 9:00 AM after getting picked up from your hotel in a tuk tuk vehicle and reach the tour locality.Enjoy preparing some special dishes with plenty of herbs, leaves,pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers and other garnishes and condiments.You will be guided by your Cambodian chef while preparing the dishes.Visit the local market and learn about the different vegetables and herbs.Prepare some mouth watering starters, main dishes and desserts.Conclude your tour at 12:30 PM and get dropped back at your hotel.

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    Phnom Penh
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:If you are planning to spend some lone time with your special one with a difference, then this dinner cruise would be an exciting choice for you.Get picked up from your hotel at around 7:00 PM  in a tuk tuk and transfer to the boat port to have your precious time on Mekong RiverRight after getting on board, you will feel at home as our friendly staffs will take care of you very well.Cruise down the river and enjoy the amazing sight of the city during the night.At night, the light from Royal Palace, modern buildings, floating village, skyline will look so much different and more attractive.You have a choice of choosing from the Cambodia or Western food for your dinner.Enjoy some relaxing time with your beloved as you have your wonderful dinner.Conclude your tour at 10:00 PM and head back home with lots of memories.

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    Phnom Penh
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:Feel rejuvenated with a spa package in Cambodia and travel to the next level of nirvana.Get picked up from your hotel in a tuk tuk and get dropped at the tour locality.Choose for invigorating and pleasure spa for body, face and soul; it is based on oriental rites of beauty and relaxation.Dip yourself into a relaxing environment with sweet scents and professional service at a Spa.Get a chance to enjoy few of the best delicious scrubs, natural facials, unique body wraps or body massages.You will be absolutely recovered and freshen up for your days ahead.Conclude your session after 3 hours and head back home feeling refreshed.

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    Phnom Penh
    d1 Day

    About the Activity:This tour starts at 4PM where the guide will pick you up from any hotel in Phnom Penh. You will be transferred to the river to start this journey.Travel by boat down the Mekong and visit the floating houses, immigrant village and the fishing area along the riverside.Discover the local way of life by engaging in fishing, agriculture and by trying your hand at local silk weaving.Wander around local villages, visit a local family’s house and sample Khmer snacks.Marvel at Phnom Penh’s Khmer and French colonial architecture from the water.

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  • l
    Phnom Penh
    h1 Hour

    About the Activity:Relish in this delightful excursion in an hour long cruise in Phnom Penh and get a chance to enjoy the amazing beauty of this region.Get picked up from your hotel in the afternoon in a tuk tuk and reach the tour locality.Enjoy a warm welcome by the crew on board and start cruising in the Mekong River, the twelfth longest river in the world.Marvel at the sight of the amazing view of Diamond Island and then visit an unique fishing village built on the riverEnjoy drinks from the open bar with many kinds of beverages and set yourself  free.Get amazed by the breathtaking view of the sunset and return back.Conclude this tour after 1 hour 30 minutes and head back home with lots of memories.

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  • l
    Phnom Penh
    h3 Hours

    About the Activity:If you are in Phnom Penh and love eating food then this tour is the perfect fit for you.Start this amazing tour after getting picked up from the hotel at reach the tour locality.Enjoy tasting some delicious meals at the Cambodian restaurant.Visit some of the famous sites and enjoy the amazing view of the city.Conclude this tour after getting dropped back to your hotel.Head out  to a local market to taste some tropical fruits, desserts before having a delicious Khmer BBQ dinner.Conclude your tour after 3 hours after enjoying your dinner.This tours is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.

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  • l
    Phnom Penh
    h4 Hours

    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting food tour during night at Phnom Pehn and get a chance to taste from the Thai delicacies.Get picked up from your hotel in the evening by a tul tuk and begin your night tour,Lean about some of the interesting facts about the city and the culture from your guide.This walking tour will take you to the main streets in town, meet up friendly locals, taste street foods and enjoy the local nightlife.Stop by market stalls and taste many popular and delicious dishes, such as rice field crabs in papaya salad, freshwater prawns and fish with mango sauce.Also learn how to prepare these mouthwatering dishes.Conclude your tour after 4 hours and get dropped back at your hotel.This tour is a customized tour and can be availed at your convenience.

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Attractions

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Phnom Penh Royal Palace

When you visit the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, one of the first tourist attractions that you need to visit is the Royal Palace, which still serves as the royal residence of King Norodom Sihamoni and the previous king, King Norodom Sihanouk. This Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda close by adorn the skies of Cambodia with its resplendent colours and brilliant piece of Khmer style of architecture.



Highlights
- While visitors are allowed inside the Royal Palace, it is worthy to be noted that the actual place where the royal stay, Khemarin Palace, still remains closed for the public. Tourists who are coming here should be dressed appropriately as a mark of respect for the royals.

Location
– Sothearos Bvld, Phnom Penh.

Timings
– 7.30AM to 11AM and from 2PM to 5PM on all days except on days of official functions and ceremonies.

Price
– Entrance fee – Around USD6.25 per person and additional photography charges of USD10.
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The Killing Fields

This is one of the massive graveyards in Cambodia. These are the places in which millions of people were tortured to death during the notorious Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia which lasted from 1975 to 1979. This highly cruel rule came to an end when Vietnam took over the control of Democratic Kampuchea.



Highlights
– Close to 20000 mass grave sites were identified in the Killing Fields area in Cambodia. Evidences indicate that around 1.38 million victims were killed in these areas. There is a huge stupa at the Killing Fields located at Choeung Ek and this is adorned with the skulls of the victims who were killed in the area.
 
Location – Choeung Ek, Phnom Pehn and is considered as the area of mass genocide in Cambodia.

Timings
- Can be visited any time during the year. Price – Around USD6 for foreign tourists and free of cost for local tourists.
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Silver Pagoda

When you cover the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, you cannot miss the Silver Pagoda, as this structure is located right next to the royal residence.

Highlights –The glimmering 5 tons of silver used on the floors of this structure has given this 19th century temple, the name of Silver Pagoda. Right on top of the pedestal, you can find a massive Buddha statue made of Baccarat crystal. Next to this, the golden Buddha blows you mind away with one look. Studded with a whopping 2086 diamonds, this Buddha weighs 90kg and is truly one of the star attractions in Phnom Penh. You can also find small sized bronze Buddha statues, silver statues of Buddha statues and many figurines of Lord Buddha all over this temple. The locals address Silver Pagoda as Wat Prea Keo.



Location
– Within the Royal Palace complex, Phnom Penh.

Timings – 7.30AM to 11AM and 2PM to 5PM.

Price – USD3 towards entry and extra charges of USD2 towards pictures.


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Koh Dach (Silk Island)

Also known as Silk Island, the 30 sq.km Koh Dach is one of the naturally beautiful and serene islands of Phnom Penh.

Highlights – Silk Island is one of the best places to visit when you want to witness the skills of the local artisans like silk-weaving, handicrafts, pottery-making and other relevant skills. There are five villages here namely Koh Dach, Kbal Kho, Lvea, Neah Village and Chong Koh. Don’t miss to witness the local artisans in action here – planting various crops, weaving silk threads and manufacturing nets. As one goes past the Mekong River in cruises to reach this island, one will witness many moments worthy to be photographed. The island is also contains many architectural marvels from past centuries.



Location
– Kandal Province, on the shores of Mekong River.

Timings – Can visit Koh Dach anytime during the year.

Price – Boat rides usually cost USD10 per person and tuk-tuks cost around USD15 to USD20.


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Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)

The capital city of Phnom Penh has many wonderful structures built in authentic Khmer style of architecture. Independence Monument or the Vimean Ekareach is one of them.



Highlights – As the name indicates, this monument was constructed during 1958 to commemorate the independence of Cambodia from France in 1953. Vann Molyvann, the brain behind some of the biggest cultural heritage structures in Cambodia, constructed this monument as well. One look at the monument and we will be reminded of the famous Angkor Wat Temple. This monument has a lotus-shaped stupa and is the main centre of celebrations during national festivals as the ceremonial light is here. Come here during the evening hours and take excellent pictures with your friends and family.

Location – Junction of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh.

Timings – Open all through the day.

Price – Entry is free of cost.
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Riverfront

Riverfront Park is one of the most important tourist attractions in Phnom Penh. It is a paradise for tourists as it is lined up with pubs, shopping complexes, salons, restaurants and many more.



Highlights – Since this park leads into the Royal Palace, the Riverfront Park is always full with tourists of different countries. Come here during the early morning hours so that you get to witness the golden rays of the sunrise. The Royal Palace looks magical at the background. From here, you can also view the point of intersection of the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. Hotels lined along this path will provide cycles on rent, which you can use for taking a stroll along the park.

Location – Phnom Penh.

Timings – Can be visited during any time of the day; however early morning sunrise and evening sunset hours are the best times to come here.

Price – No entrance fee to visit this place.
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Sisowath Quay

If you are taking up a city tour of the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, Sisowath Quay plays a very important role. This is a riverside promenade and one of the most beautiful places in Cambodia.

Highlights – Running along for 3km, the promenade of Sisowath Quay is lined up with beautiful shops, hotels, restaurants, tourist-friendly locations, bars and cafes. Don’t miss to experience the traditional tuk-tuk drive from the Royal Palace to get to this place, as you will get to see the entire beauty of the pathway, through this route. Some of the top attractions that you just cannot afford to miss on this promenade are the Royal Palace, National Museum, various art galleries, Ounalom Monastery, Elephant Bar, Floating Restaurants and many more.

Location – Cham Karmom district.

Timings – Can be visited anytime during the day; however sunset and sunrise hours are considered to be ideal.

Price – No entry fee applicable for this riverside promenade.
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Riverside Bistro

One of the best places to enjoy Phnom Penh’s buzzing nightlife, the Riverside Bistro is a hot favourite among tourists from across the globe. This is because this bar doesn’t keep its guests bored even for a minute. There are lots of fun-things and activities offered at the bar to keep guests hooked on till the wee hours of night.

Highlights – Riverside Bistro is one of the few places in Phnom Penh where a live band performs for the guests, playing songs based on their request. All kinds of songs like the old classics, rock music, pop and other gems are played by the band here. Asian and Western cuisine are available at this bar, making the food absolutely delicious. With great interiors and excellent customer satisfaction, this bar is definitely a top attraction in Cambodia.

Location – Street 148 of Phnom Penh riverside.

Price – Local and imported beer bottles start from USD2.50 and USD3 respectively.

Timings – 7AM to late night hours.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Phnom Penh

  • What are some of the best things to do in Phnom Penh?

    There are many fine activities which one can enjoy in this town. You have the scope of doing almost everything which comes to your mind. Some of the best thing which visitors love to do here is:

    • Boating
    • Cooking Classes
    • Interactive Wildlife tours
    • Casino
    • Scuba Diving

    These are just to name a few. When you explore, there are much more things which you will come across. So as per your need and taste, finalize the best activities. Food tour, river cruises, sightseeing, historical or cultural tour are some other things which you may opt for.

  • Which are best cruising experiences in Phnom Penh?

    Cruising is one of the best activities to do in Phnom Penh. From day cruise to sunset cruise and night cruise, all can be done here. The views from the water bodies are breathtaking and will definitely give you the best of the experience. Some of the popular cruises in the city are:

    • Phnom Penh Sunset Cruise
    • Udong Day Cruise
    • Half Day Bassac River Cruise
    • Mekong River Cruise

    These were just to name a few. There are many other cruises offering breakfast, lunch, dinner as per your suitability and requirement. So choose the best and enjoy this wonderful experience.

  • Which are the best cooking classes for Phnom Penh food?

    If you are a food lover and like to cook it for your near and dear ones, then this is the perfect destination for you to be in. You can learn so many tips in this region of the globe which will add a lot to your cooking skills. Some of the popular cooking classes you should look forward to being:

    • La Table Khmere Cooking class
    • Feel Good Cooking School by Chef Nara
    • Linna Culinary School
    • Veasna in the Kitchen

    As a tourist, you will hardly get this experience in any other part of the world.

  • Which are the best places to cycle around Phnom Penh?

    Cycling is one of the best sporting activities to enjoy in the city. During your cycle tour, you will not only enjoy fine roads but also some alluring sightseeing. This will add a lot to your whole tour to Phnom Penh. Some of the popular cycling routes here are:

    • Cycle around Oudong Mountain
    • Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
    • Grasshopper Adventure Day Tour

    These are just a few names around. You will get numerous places to cycle around the town. As mentioned, the charm of cycling in the city amidst the beautiful sights is totally unique and one should give a try to it.

  • Which are the best places for a spa in Phnom Penh?

    Spa in this part of the world is something which you will surely enjoy. The spa here very famous and barely any visitor miss taking the pleasure of spa services in this enthralling destination. Some of the popular places to visit for having the spa here are:

    • Bliss Spa
    • La Rose Spa
    • Bodia Spa Phnom Penh
    • One day spa and beauty salon
    • Paradise Spa

    These are just a few popular renowned locations. This region of the globe is very well known for its spa services and thus you will number of spa center here offering excellent service.

  • Which are some famous museums to visit in Phnom Penh?

    The museum is another attraction which makes visitors to catch the flights to Phnom Penh. It is something very alluring and informative which tempts every traveler to explore various museums here. Some of the popular museums of the metropolis are:

    • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
    • National Museum
    • Galerie Bruno Levy
    • O Menge Gallery
    • Kbach Gallery

    In all such places, you will explore a different scene and culture. There are various aspects with respect to history and culture which one will come across. These are surely among the must-visit destination when you opt to tour here.

  • Which are some famous temple and archeological tours to take in Phnom Penh?

    Apart from everything, there are numerous temples and archeological sites which one should explore during his trip to this wonderful conurbation. Some of them are as follows:

    • Phnom Chisor Temple
    • The Royal Palace
    • Wat Phnom
    • Wat Botum
    • Wat Moha Montrey
    • Wat Saravan

    These sites undoubtedly will take allure you and if you are someone who loves to explore such classical and ancient sites, then this tour will take your trip to the next level. Here also, you will be able to come across rich history and culture of this wonderful destination.

  • Which are some famous markets to shop in Phnom Penh?

    Shopping is an activity without which any trip is incomplete. At Phnom Penh, there are numerous places where you can shop varieties of items for your near and dear ones. Some of the popular shopping destinations of the city are:

    • Aeon Mall
    • Hidden Treasures
    • City Mall
    • Olympic Market
    • Russian Market
    • Central Market
    • Sorya Mall
    • O' Russey Market

    Silk, handicraft, silverware, clothes are the items, to name a few, which the tourists take away most from the places mentioned above. You have plenty to explore here and a shopaholic will surely love this place.

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