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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.