Explore Cambodia's capital city

A small capital in comparison to its Asian neighbours, Phnom Penh sits at the point where the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers meet. With scars still showing from a turbulent recent history the city is steadily modernising yet retains its colonial charm. You can spend a few relaxing days exploring at a slower pace here before continuing on your Indochina adventure.

  • Head to the Royal Palace, the capital’s most famous landmarks, home to the ornate Silver Pagoda, the Throne Hall and the Chan Chhaya Pavilion
  • A visit to the city is not complete without a visit to one of the vibrant markets – the place to shop for handicrafts and wonderful silks
  • The city’s French Quarter showcases the old heart of the city with many examples of colonial architecture, although with a faded grandeur
  • Although a sombre experience, a visit to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum are essential to understand the essence of Cambodia
  • The riverfront boulevard Sisowath Quay is becoming a popular evening destination for both locals and visitors

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +7 hours

Currency:

Cambodian Riel. US dollars are also widely accepted, and the Thai Baht can be used in many places.

Flying time to destination:

12½ hours

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When to visit

Jan 31°c
Feb 32°c
Mar 33°c
Apr 35°c
May 33°c
Jun 32°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 32°c
Sep 31°c
Oct 30°c
Nov 30°c
Dec 30°c
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