Escape to Phnom Penh! Enjoy its museums, castle and bars.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Castles

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Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh City Centre
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Phnom Penh City Centre

Castles, Museums, Rivers

Phnom Penh City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for its lively bars, interesting museums and stunning river views. You might want to check out attractions like National Museum of Cambodia or Royal Palace while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Daun Penh
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Daun Penh

Rivers, Castles, Monuments

The fantastic nightlife and stunning river views are just a few highlights of Daun Penh. Make a stop by National Museum of Cambodia or Royal Palace while you're exploring the area.

Chamkar Mon
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Chamkar Mon

Natural Parks, Casinos, Friendly People

Casinos, cocktail bars and spas are just a few things travellers enjoy about Chamkar Mon. Check out Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or Independence Monument while you're exploring the area.

Dangkao
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Dangkao

If you're spending some time in Dangkao, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club are top sights worth seeing.

Top hotels in Phnom Penh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel
4 out of 5
# 68, Street 136 and 15, Phsar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh
£60/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (562 reviews)

"This is a modern hotel with amenities of much higher priced venues. I travel for business and this place is suitable to meet with business clients for lunch/dinner but is also convenient during my gaps of appointments to walk to other attractions such as other restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019

SUN & MOON, Urban Hotel
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NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
5 out of 5
NagaWorld, Samdech Techo Hun Sen Park, Phnom Penh
£49/night
19 Aug-20 Aug
3.7/5Good! (1,079 reviews)

"very modern facility, tour desk needs improvement on service. dont like is they are all smoking rooms in Nagaworld 1 thats whey I had to choose Naga2 which is fine."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex
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Pasteur 51 Hotel & Residences
4 out of 5
No. 17, Rue Pasteur (51), Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
£45/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4/5Very Good! (83 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Lovely staff and nice rooms. Good pool and bar on rooftop."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2019

Pasteur 51 Hotel & Residences

Popular things to do in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace
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Royal Palace

Befitting the home of Cambodia’s royalty, the glittering golden roofline of this palace dominates Phnom Penh’s skyline.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

This former prison outside Phnom Penh brings to light the brutality of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and honors the 17,000 people who lost their lives here. 

Wat Phnom
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Wat Phnom

Sitting atop what is considered the only hill in Phnom Penh, this eclectic Buddhist monastery features a fascinating array of shrines, stupas and ornate buildings.

Independence Monument
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Independence Monument

Like a massive lotus blooming from Phnom Penh’s center, this monument is a touching tribute to the country’s independence and to the people who made it possible.

Riverside
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Riverside

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Riverside, a favourite shopping spot in Phnom Penh. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Central Market
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Central Market

Whether you’re looking for fresh food or a new watch, you can buy just about anything imaginable within the walls of Phnom Penh’s famous cross-shaped market. 

Top activities in Phnom Penh

Bus Tour to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Khmer Rouge Killing Fields
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Bus Tour to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum & Khmer Rouge Killing Fields

£12

Walk through a dark part of Cambodian history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. A convenient bus takes you to each location, where you can learn about the executions carried out by Khmer Rouge regime during its rule from 1975 to 1979.

Copper Metal Bracelet Workshop in Siem Reap
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Copper Metal Bracelet Workshop in Siem Reap

£22

No commodity is better embraced by the Cambodian culture than copper. Learn how to work with the material to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet under the guidance of a copper-smith. While you chisel and design, listen to the history and significance of this impressive industry.

Plaza Premium Lounge at Phnom Penh International Airport
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Phnom Penh International Airport

£25

As the first independent airport lounge in Cambodia, Plaza Premium Lounge brings a brand new experience to all guests travelling through Phnom Penh International Airport, regardless of their airline or class of travel.

Phnom Penh: Small-Group Cambodian History Tour
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Phnom Penh: Small-Group Cambodian History Tour

£48

Gain deeper knowledge of the history of Phnom Penh on this tour to the sites of the tragic Cambodian genocide. Visit a schoolhouse that was transformed into a jail for innocent prisoners, see the harrowing sight of skulls at the Choueng Ek Memorial, and hear how the country is still affected by this dark period of its history.

Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Tour
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Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Tour

£44

Discover the historical wonders of Cambodia's capital on this half-day tour. Marvel at the majestic Royal Palace, explore the beautiful Silver Pagoda, and visit the historic Independence Monument with your knowledgeable guide.

One Day Private Guide History & Killing Fields Phnom Penh
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One Day Private Guide History & Killing Fields Phnom Penh

£62

Today, 8:00am meet your personal guide and driver and begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden.

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