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Phnom Penh
Travel Guide

Phnom Penh featuring a fountain, a square or plaza and nightlife

Phnom Penh lures visitors with its ancient relics and temples, deep and turbulant history and modern day energy.

Phnom Penh’s complicatedand brutal history makes it a fascinating place to visit. Wander thestreets and witness a city that is slowly bouncing back from decades ofturmoil. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and later theheadquarters of the French colonial administration. In 1975 it was taken overby the Khmer Rouge and subject to years of brutal rule, before the Vietnamesetoppled the regime in 1979.

Today it is the economicand political capital of Cambodia and is home to some of its most spectaculartemples and harrowing museums. You’ll see bustling street markets, wildtraffic, and buildings from throughout its history. Check out Wat Phnom to seethe temple that gave the city its name. For a look at some of its moreimpressive structures, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Wanderthrough immaculately-maintained gardens, among gold and crystal Buddha statues,and over silver floors.

To see more ancienttemples, visit Wat Sarawan or Wat Ounalom. Brush up on your local history withsome time at the National Museum of Cambodia. There are statues and artifactsfrom the Angkorian era and beyond. Anyone looking to understand the country’stroubled recent past should head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Inside theschool Pol Pot converted into the infamous S-21 Prison, you’ll see movingexhibits and what remains of the cramped cells.

Take a trip out to theKilling Fields of Choeung Ek to learn more. There are pits where murderedprisoners were buried, as well as a Buddhist stupa packed with victims’skulls.

Back in the city, take atrip to the Art-Deco Central Market. Shop for everything from clothes andjewelry to flowers. For a nice evening stroll, head to Sisowath Quay. There aresome good restaurants, decent cafés, and a few bars.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Sovanna Hotel
Sovanna Hotel
4 out of 5
#6, Street 21, Tonle Bassac, Chamka Morn (Independent Monument Area), Phnom Penh, Kandal
The price is £30 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Chamkar Mon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Lang Ka, Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument and Riverside. NagaWorld Casino and AEON Mall ...
4.3/5Excellent! (215 reviews)
"Hotel is clean and staff are friendly.accept no lift we had to carried our luggage up those stairs.. but we did enjoy the stay."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Sovanna Hotel
4 out of 5
227, Street 19, Phnom Penh
The price is £71 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Independence Monument and Riverside. Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (356 reviews)
A hidden oasis
"I got the jacuzzi bungalow. I was glad I did. I felt like I was staying in the woods! I was able to get some reading done because it was quite peaceful. For the jacuzzi - I went for runs in the mornings, and it was nice to be able to dip in the nice cool jacuzzi. The jacuzzi didn't have hot water ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
The price is £165 per night from 3 Jul to 3 Jul
Located in Daun Penh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside, Phnom Penh Night Market and Central Market. National Museum of Cambodia and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)
"Very clean staff very helpful thing was to much, the was nice."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
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Eco Garden Residences
Eco Garden Residences
3.5 out of 5
Le Urban Eco Park, 27 km National Road 3, Anlong Romiet Khan Lach, Kandal Stueng, Kandal
Situated in Prey ToTueng, this aparthotel is within 16 miles (25 km) of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Olympic Stadium and Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club. ...
3.2/5 (5 reviews)
"I stayed here 2 nights. Pro: 1) Room is comfortable. 2) The environment is tranquil. 3) Hotel is modern. 4) Gym facilities is great. 5) Altitude of staff at reception is so so. 6) Wi-Fi is strong. Con: 1) Credit card is accepted only spending is more than USD25 at the restaurant. 2) Housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2019

Eco Garden Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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