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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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Cambodia

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Explore Phnom Penh

There are quite a few elements which make it seem only right for Phnom Penh to be Cambodia’s capital. Aside from its cultural, economic and political appeal, a unique blend of French and Khmer architecture is sewn into the city, reflecting its decorated history. It is also where the country’s three great waters—Tonle Sap, Mekong and Basaac—unite. It is best described today as a thorough experience for the senses, as it is filled with sights, smells and tastes that parallel Cambodia’s famed exoticism.

Explore Other Must Do in Phnom Penh

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • The Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace

    To See

    Hailed as one of Phnom Penh’s most prized pieces of architecture, the Royal Palace is the residence of the Cambodian royal family. It was erected in 1866, and has since amazed onlookers with its numerous facets, including a Throne Hall that has a spire of 59 metres above it. Its golden roofs gleam in the sun throughout the day, reminding the people of Cambodia that their king is always by their side.

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  • Central Market

    Central Market

    To Shop

    Referred to as Phsah Thmei—which means ‘new market’—by locals, Central Market is a popular shopping destination amongst bargain hunters. It also attracts those who have an interest in architecture, as its building carries an Art Deco design theme that has made it a unique part of Phnom Penh’s cityscape since it was built in 1937.

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  • Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

    Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

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    The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre is the zoo-like home of numerous animals that were previously rescued throughout Cambodia. This list includes endangered creatures like Siamese crocodiles and sun bears. As these animals were primarily rescued from parties like illegal traders and poachers, they are kept in the sanctuary until they are fit to be released back into the wild.

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  • National Museum of Cambodia

    National Museum of Cambodia

    To Do

    Inaugurated in 1920, the building of 5,190 square metres that is the National Museum of Cambodia is one of Phnom Penh’s defining landmarks. It houses a great number of artifacts and historical items pertaining to the Khmer culture, and also showcases Cambodia’s development throughout the ages.

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  • Sorya Shopping Center

    Sorya Shopping Center

    To Shop

    Labeled as the largest shopping mall in Phnom Penh, Sorya Shopping Center has catered to the retail needs of locals since 2002. It covers a space of 40,000 square meters, a serves as a nice air-conditioned escape from the tropical climate of Phnom Penh. From groceries to toys to clothes, the mall has a seemingly endless variety of items up for grabs.

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  • Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

    Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

    To See

    The Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument – which showcases two soldiers protecting a woman and her baby – was constructed in the 1970s. As its name suggests, the monument symbolizes the relationship between Cambodia and Vietnam that was repaired after the departure of the Khmer Rouge.

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  • Silver Pagoda

    Silver Pagoda

    To See

    Located nearby the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is a structure that lives up to the grandeur that its name emanates. Its floor is carpeted with tiles of solid silver, and it houses a Buddha sculpture of gold that has over 9,000 diamonds embedded into it. Parts of the pagoda, especially the staircase which leads to it, are crafted out of Italian marble as well.

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  • Amok Trei

    Amok Trei

    To Eat

    What makes amok trei such a special dish is ‘amok’: curry that is prepared by means of steaming in banana leaf cups. This gives it a tremendous amount of flavour and a firm texture without drying it out. Its other major ingredient is fish, which nicely balances out the notes of kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal that feature heavily in the coconut milk-based curry.

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  • Prahok

    Prahok

    To Eat

    Prahok is a fermented fish paste that makes frequent appearances in Cambodian cuisine. While it is often used as a dip of sorts, it is also enjoyed by being grilled in a banana leaf before being served with rice as a meal. The latter form of consumption is best matched with a serving of green vegetables. Be warned, though – prahok is very strong in smell and taste!

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  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

    To See

    The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is both a historical and eerie landmark of Phnom Penh. This is because it is housed in the building that was once S-21, the torture and detention centre for prisoners of the Khmer Rouge. The museum is filled with photographs and other records documenting the torture and murder of these prisoners. It is certainly not for the weak-hearted.

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  • Kuy Teav

    Kuy Teav

    To Eat

    Ask a resident of Phnom Penh what his or her favourite breakfast dish is, and you’ll probably hear kuy teav as an answer. This noodle soup dish is highlighted by rice vermicelli that is soaked in a flavourful pork broth. Other ingredients like fish balls, ground pork and vegetables are then added to the mix. In Phnom Penh, variations featuring liver and intestines with sides of chilli and vinegar can be found.

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  • Independence Monument

    Independence Monument

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    Fashioned in the style of ancient Angkor, Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument stands as a reminder of Cambodia’s battle for independence. It also commemorates the country’s war patriots. The structure was designed in 1958 by Vann Molyvann to resemble the lotus flower, which is a common theme amongst buildings in the old Khmer kingdoms.

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  • Bánh Xèo

    Bánh Xèo

    To Eat

    Bánh xèo is probably one of the most aptly titled dishes that you will encounter in Cambodia. Its name literally means ‘sizzling cake’, in reference to the sizzling sound its batter produces when contact is made with a hot skillet. It has a rich texture due to its inclusion of coconut milk as a major ingredient, and often features pork and shrimp as its meat components.

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  • Phnom Penh Shooting Range

    Phnom Penh Shooting Range

    To Do

    If you would like to know what it feels like to fire an actual gun, Phnom Penh’s Shooting Range will tickle your curiosity. Visitors are taught to fire a variety of firearms by professionals and supervisors at the range, including pistols and small machine guns. This is probably not a suitable attraction for children, but adult daredevils and action junkies may want to give the range a shot.

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  • Kdam Chaa

    Kdam Chaa

    To Eat

    Kdam chaa is Cambodia’s favourite way of enjoying crabs. This dish sees these crustaceans being stir-fried with a variety of ingredients, including garlic and pepper. The result is a delicacy that is perfectly complements fluffy white rice with its salty and peppery notes. Kdam chaa is normally prepared in Cambodia using Kampot peppercorns, a locally-grown variety of the spice.

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  • Tuol Tom Poung Market

    Tuol Tom Poung Market

    To Shop

    The Tuol Tom Pong Market—or Phsar Tuol Tom Pong—is where you should go to sharpen your haggling skills. This affordability is complemented by the market’s vast selection of offerings, making it a good place to drop by for some souvenirs to take home. It is referred to as the ‘Russian Market’ as well, as it was extremely popular amongst tourists in the 1980s – many of whom were Russians.

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  • Lap Khmer

    Lap Khmer

    To Eat

    As far as salads go in Cambodia, no dish is more popular than lap Khmer. This beef salad stands out with its pieces of meat that are either served raw but marinated in lime juice, or grilled to varying degrees. If you want to enjoy it in the same manner that Cambodian men do, you should opt for the former. It is also loaded with a blast of spiciness, as red chillies are one of its prominent fixtures.

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  • Choeung Ek

    Choeung Ek

    To See

    Known as one of the Killing Fields of the in the past, Choeung Ek is where some of the bodies of the Khmer Rouge’s prisoners were disposed upon death. The remains of roughly 8985 people were discovered here, leading to the site being turned into a memorial for the victims. This is epitomized by the area’s Memorial Stupa which contains over 8,000 skulls of these victims.

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  • Sisowath Quay

    Sisowath Quay

    To Do

    The waterside avenue of three kilometers that is Sisowath Quay is one of Phnom Penh’s most scenic landmarks. In the mornings, it serves as a popular spot for joggers, and later transforms into a bustling nightlife scene by nightfall. Its primary offerings include restaurants, cafes and bars for bonding over food and drinks. It also marks the spot where the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers meet.

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  • Phnom Penh’s Night Market

    Phnom Penh’s Night Market

    To Shop

    The residents of Phnom Penh love shopping as much as they do eating, which is why you will probably not find an empty spot in this night market. Locals flock over to the market throughout its weekend opening hours for goods like clothes, accessories and even furniture. Then, after a good session of shopping, they stop by one of the market’s food stalls for dinner or a light snack.

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  • Wat Phnom

    Wat Phnom

    To See

    Wat Phnom is the temple from which Phnom Penh’s name was derived. It has been rebuilt on many occasions, but the original structure reportedly dates back to 1373, when it was erected by a figure named Madame Penh to hold four statues of Buddha that she attained from the Mekong River. It is a popular worship place amongst locals, especially for those who are undergoing exams.

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