Phnom Penh lures visitors with a relaxing riverfront promenade and urban parks juxtaposed against shiny modern buildings and ornate Buddhist temples. The bustling city boasts numerous museums, palaces and central markets, along with culturally-rich religious and entertainment venues.
Things to do in Phnom Penh
Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, both part of the palace compound serving as the King’s residence. You can roam the palace gardens and ornate temples as well as various galleries and libraries.
The National Museum houses more than 5,000 artefacts and statues from as far back as the Angkorian period. Don't miss seeing the giant bronze Vishnu from the 11th century. Take a break at Wat Phnom, a serene urban park and sacred site that’s also a gathering spot for rogue monkeys.
Thousands of travellers pay their respects on walking tours of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Celebrate more peaceful times with locals at the Riverside promenade, where acrobats and street performers provide quality entertainment.
Feel like shopping in Phnom Penh? Head to Central Market, housed in an Art Deco structure with overflowing stalls selling everything from handicrafts to beaded dresses, gemstones and souvenirs. Top off the day with a lively night on Bassac Lane, an outdoor square with bars, eateries and live-music venues.
Getting around Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh International Airport is seven kilometres from the city centre, connected via taxis and air-conditioned buses, which also provide transport around the city. You can also catch tuk-tuks or hire motorbikes to get around.