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17 Best Phnom Penh Attractions and Places to Visit

 
  • 01Visit Royal Palace

    This is one of the top tourist attractions in Phnom Penh. This gives you a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royal people.

    Highlights – The Royal Palace still serves as the residences of Cambodian rulers. The construction of this palace was started during 1866, when Phnom Penh became the new capital of Cambodia, replacing Oudong. You cannot help but wonder at the similarity in the architecture style found in the Royal Palace found in Thailand. You should remember to dress appropriately as you witness this majestic Khmer architectural marvel to pay respects to the royalty staying here. The exact part in which the royal people stay, is still closed to the public, though.



    Location
    – Phnom Penh.

    Timings- Royal Palace is open from 7.30AM to 11AM and from 2PM to 5PM.

    Price – Entry fee of USD3 per person; additional fee of USD2 for taking pictures.


  • 02Visit Killing Fields

    Some tourist spots in the world bring back painful memories of the past. Killing Fields of Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh, is one of them.

    Highlights – This is one of the areas which represents the genocide of Cambodia that happened during the notorious rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. This was the area which is a mass graveyard where close to 1.5 lakh people were brutally tortured and murdered as a result of the Khmer Rouge policies, diseases and other natural calamities. Close to 20000 burial sites were identified in this name and one of the journalists who escaped the trauma of this rule, gave this place, the name of “Killing Fields”.



    Location
    – Phnom Penh.

    Timings – Open all through the year for local and international tourists.

    Price – USD6 per person for international tourists and no charge for local tourists.


  • 03Visit 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.


  • 04Visit National Museum of Cambodia

    When you visit Cambodia with intent to learn more about its history and archaeology, you should definitely visit one of the top tourist hot spots in the country – National Museum of Cambodia.

    Highlights – This was established during the 1920 and it is the largest museum in Cambodia housing exquisite cultural and historic items representing the authentic Khmer culture. There are close to 14000 items here including bronze and ceramic items, damaged statues from many centuries ago of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, wooden and pottery items belong to pre-Angkorian era and many other impressive items. The museum is set up in an attractive terracotta building including an awesome courtyard garden, which attracts many.



    Location
    – Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh.

    Timings – 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    Price – Entry fee of USD5 for foreigners and around USD0.1 for local tourists.


  • 05Tuol Sleng Museum

    Image Credit :  Clay Gilliland
    Cambodia is the land of heritage, culture, temples, beaches and games. There are quite a casinos on the beaches and seaside gambling spots that you can enjoy in the little Sihanoukville coast in Cambodia.

    Image Credits : BRJ INC



    Highlights – Almost all the casinos in Sihanoukville are open 24hours a day unlike other casinos that operate only during the evening and night hours. Most of the hotels apart from offering luxury accommodation also have luxurious casinos that have games like Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack and the like. Free drinks, snacks and cigarettes are provided when you take up gaming packages at any of these casinos. Owing to the large number of tourists coming here, casinos at Sihanoukville employ people who are adept at speaking many languages.

    Location – About 4.5km from South Cambodia.

    Timings – Open all through the day.

     Price – Casino games are available from USD4 per game if you are looking only for gaming and not staying at these hotels.
  • 06Visit Phnom Udong

    If you are a mountain and stupa lover, Phnom Udong, in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, is the most apt place for you to visit.

    Highlights – Phnom indicates mountain in the local Khmer dialect. Prior to establishing Phnom Penh as the capital city of Cambodia, Udong served as its capital for a long time from 1618 to 1866. Today, though the place has lost out to other cities in terms of development and tourism potential, there is still one major attraction here - Mount Udong. Today, there are couple of humps left of this mountain. The most attractive feature is that these humps have various stupas adorning them. Don’t miss out on the Phnom Preah Reach Throap (Hill of the Royal Fortune), Phnom Vihear Leu (small sanctuary), famous stupas of Damrei Sam Poan, Ang Doung and Mak Proum. Lots of Buddha temples, relics, statues, figurines and carvings decorate this peak.



    Location – Udong.

    Timing – Open all through the year.

    Price – A full tour costs about USD12 per person for one day.


  • 07Visit 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.


  • 08Visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

    As the name suggests, this is a centre that rescues abandoned and endangered animals. This is a must-visit place for any animal lover. It was established during 1995 and has been doing a phenomenal job in animal conservation since then.



    Highlights
    – This is the largest zoo in Cambodia and one of the top tourist attractions. There are close to 1200 animals belonging to over 102 species in this rescue centre. You can find rare species like Siamese crocodiles, tigers & elephants from Asia, Malayan sun bears and more. If you are looking for an interactive wildlife experience, this is the place that you have to be.

    Location – at about 25 miles from the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
     
    Timings
    – 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    Price
    – Behind the scenes tour of the zoo costs around USD150 for one day.
  • 09Visit Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach)

    Image Credit : mattwl
    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.

    Image Credits : rwoan



    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.
  • 10Visit Phsar Toul Tum Poung (Russian Market)

    If there is one place in Battambang where you can find authentic Russian souvenirs at affordable prices, Phsar Toul Tum Poung is the place for you.

    Highlights – The market is decorated by colourful lanterns, intricately carved statues, scarves, bags, printed T shirts and DVDS of various languages. During the 1980s, this place was dominated by Russian expats, whose influence can be felt at this market even today. The locals commonly address this place as Russian Market. Be prepared to bask in the sun and dirt as this market is quite crowded at all times of the day. The air circulation is quite limited here; however the goods sold here more than make up for the ambience of this place. Don’t forget to taste the local, delicious coffee from the cafes here.

     Location – Chamkar Mon District, Phnom Penh.

    Timings – Open all through the day.

    Price – Entry into this market is free of cost.
  • 11Visit 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.
  • 12Ounalom Monastery

    Buddhism is one of the prominent religions in Cambodia. This explains the large number of Buddhist monasteries found here. The capital city of Phnom Penh has five original monasteries that were built in the 14th century. Ounalom Monastery is one of them.



    Highlights – Established during 1422 by the final ruler in the Khmer kingdom, King Ponyea Yat, Today, Ounalom Monastery serves as the residence of the chief Buddist monk. There are totally 44 buildings in this monastery which includes monasteries, schools, libraries, stupa and residential complexes. During the notorious Khmer Rouge rule, this monastery was damaged severely, but today, much of it has been restored. A Pali inscription and stupa housing an eyebrow of Lord Buddha are the major highlights of this place.

    Location – At about 250m from the Royala Palace.

    Timings – Open from 6AM to 6PM on all days of the week.

     Price – Entry to this monastery is free of cost.
  • 13Boeung Keng Kang 1

    Every area has a distinct speciality in the world. Boeung Keng Kang I in one of the biggest cities of Cambodia, is no exception to this rule. This is one of the upmarket areas in this city.

    Highlights – BKK1 is often known as the areas of foreigners, as there are lots of consulates, NGOs, UN embassies, travel offices, upmarket cafes, restaurants, cafes, spa salons and stylish residential apartments in this area. When you are here, don’t miss to visit the Independence Monument, which is towards the south east of this place. Due to its excellent buildings with breath-taking architecture, Boekung Keng Kang 1 is usually considered the most charismatic location in Battambang. Visit the local market as well specialising in clothes, second-hand household goods and lip-smacking local delicacies.

    Location – Battambang.

    Timings – Can be visited during anytime of the year.

    Price – Entry is free of cost to this place.
  • 14Visit Phnom Tamao Zoo

    If you are an animal lover, you cannot help but wonder at the services offered by Phnom Tamao Zoo in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh.



    Highlights – This is more of a wildlife rescue centre, giving ultimate protection to almost endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles. It started off at a very humble level and today there are close to a whopping 1200 animals of about 102 species set up over 6000 acres. Most of the animals found here are endangered species like Asiatic elephants, tigers, Malayan sun bears, Siamese crocodiles Pileated gibbons and many more. Established during 1995, this zoo is probably one of the fewest places in the world where you will spot these rare species that are almost extinct.

    Location – Takeo, Phnom Penh.

    Timings – 8AM to 5PM on all the days of the week.

    Price – USD150 for a day of Behind the Scenes tour of the zoo.
  • 15Visit Sisowath Quay

    Image Credit : Rose Ferrer
    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.
  • 16Visit Phnom Penh Local Markets

    Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia is a shopper’s paradise. You will be able to find anything from a pin to plane in these local markets. The variety of local and international goods that you get here is absolutely mind-boggling.



    Highlights - First and foremost, know what you can shop for from these local markets – Handmade scarves, lanterns, silk garments, intricately carved statues, second-hand electronics and DVDs are some good choices to pick up from here. The important markets that need to be covered in Phnom Penh are Central Market or Phsar Thmei (known for its electronics, household goods, jewellery, clothes and fresh food), Russian Market or Phsar Toul Tompong (known for its excellent souvenirs, sculptures, paintings, silk scarves and other goods at affordable prices), Orussei Market or Phsar Orussei (known for its household goods) and Night Market or Phsar Rea Try (known for its food and snacks and open from 6pm to 12am).

     Location – All over Phnom Penh.

    Timings – Depends on individual markets.

    Price – Entry is free of cost