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Phnom Penh

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Country rank: 2 out of 3 Places To Visit In Cambodia

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Best time: October to May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Phnom Penh (Check Flights)

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"On the lands of tragic history"

Phnom Penh Tourism

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. This glimmering city contains in it all at once- the ancient Khmer glory, the unfortunate recent past, and a progressive future. Sitting at the junction of Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh inherits a phenomenal blend of Khmer and French architectural beauty. The city can be easily picturized with lively markets, royal buildings, thriving bars, and sensuous local food scenes.

Whenever Phnom Penh is talked about, the saddening images of its recent past take a stroll through the eyes. However, the people living in the city seem to be determined enough to withstand this pain, and move ahead towards a constructive future. The city of Phnom Penh has its own beauty standards. Busy narrow streets, struggling sounds of life, tinges of an old French colony, riverside romance and a hippie projection- this is how you start defining the essence of the city when you come here. The top experiences in Phnom Penh include visits to the Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields, sight-seeing in Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, shopping-spree in markets like Psar Thmei and Russian Market, and some tranquil time on the riverside.

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If legends are to be believed, the credit for the founding of Phnom Penh goes to an old lady Daun Penh. It is said that while collecting firewood one day along the riverside, she spotted a koki tree floating in the river. When she fetched it out of the water, she found a few statues of Lord Buddha and Vishnu in it. People took this as a sign of God to shift the capital from Angkor to this place. She got a temple made on the hill (Wat Phnom), and this gave the name 'Phnom Penh' to the area. Phnom Pehn has witnessed a lot of ups and downs. Once known as the 'Pearl of Asia', the city lost its charm due to the unfortunate Khmer Rouge control, from which the residents seem to have finally coped up.

Nightlife in Phnom Penh is inexpensive and full of life. Most of the pubs and bars are scattered around the riverfront area and Street 51. Plenty of clubs, beer bars and hostess bars can be spotted around the city.

Shopping in Phnom Penh is a diverse experience- you'd find a number of local markets, shopping malls, as well as boutique shops and art galleries throughout the city. If you're a shopping freak, don't forget to visit the Russian Market, Central Market, Street 240, Aeon Shopping Mall, and the Night Market.

Riel is the local currency in Cambodia. However major shops and hotels accept and quote prices in US Dollars, so you can bring some Dollars along with you. Keep some local currency with you though, for all small shops and tips.

Phnom Penh has sufficient ATMs, banks, and currency echange offices for changing your money into local currency. Make sure that your bills are in a good condition to get exchanged.

For a traveller on budget, its easy to manage the expenses at about KHR 45,000 (approx. USD 11). Mid-ranged tourists can expect the expenditure around KHR 110,000 (approx. USD 26). If you're on an high-end vacation you'd require an estimate of KHR 246,000 (approx. USD 60) on a daily basis.

Most of the population in Phnom Penh follows Theravada Buddhism. Other religions followed by minority population are Christianity, Islam, and Animism.

Cambodians greet by joining their hands at their chest level with a bow. Dress conservatively, especially when visiting a religious place. Tipping isn't customary here, but people don't get satisfactory salaries so you must consider paying atleast 5 to 10% tip as a kind gesture.

Khmer is the official language in Phnom Penh. Although English and French are also used by a few people, especially in tourist areas.

Phnom Penh is a great city to taste traditional Khmer cuisine. The most popular dishes include Fish Amok (fish mousse with coconut curry), Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles), grilled pork, Lok lak (beef topped with salad), Balut (cooked duck egg), Steam pork bun (hard-boiled bun stuffed with pork and egg), and pickled fruits. Some great places to check out are Khema, Rustic restaurant, Mok Mony, Friends the restaurant, Sesame noodle bar, and Lucky Pho.


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How to Reach Phnom Penh

You can make your way to Phnom Penh by landing on the Phnom Penh International Airport which is located 7 km west of the city. Various Asian airlines fly to and from the city. (Read More)

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