Here are the top 22 tourist attractions to see in Phnom Penh:

1. Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda

4.5 /5

5 km
from city center
1 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are the most popular sights in the city. The compound in which these ornamental buildings lie is situated on the riverfront.

2. National Museum of Cambodia

4.3 /5

5 km
from city center
2 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

The National Museum of Cambodia is located in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the largest and the central museum of the country, consisting of more than 15,000 collections depicting various periods in Cambodia's history. If you are interested in history, you will enjoy getting to know the past with these massive collections. It is a highly recommended attraction for tourists while traveling in Phnom Penh.

3. Psar Thmei

4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
3 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Psar Thmei, or the Central Market of Phnom Penh is an open market in a domed hall. This Art Deco building is a known landmark in the city.

4. Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
4 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is located close to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. It is a former secret prison well-known as S-21 established during the Khmer Rouge, where thousands of innocent Cambodian civilians were accused of crimes to be imprisoned and tortured. Many of these were executed in the nearby killing fields. Today, the prison has been converted to a museum that showcases the Genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge officials including Pol Pot. It is not a pleasant attraction, but worth a visit for the tourists traveling in Phnom Penh to understand the dark history of the country.

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5. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields)

5 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Choeung Ek Genocidal centre is located outside the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Infamously known as the Killing Fields, this is a mass grave site built to commemorate the death of thousands of civilians during the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1978. It is one of the disturbing places to visit in Phnom Penh that showcases the mass murders of people, who were held as prisoners in S-21 prison. Tourists can get to know the entire dark history of this period on tours where they can see thousands of skulls and bones.

6. The Royal Palace

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace is located in the heart of the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The palace, which is one of the city's iconic landmarks, is the primary residence of the King of Cambodia and comprises of a throne and other precious monuments within a richly built complex. Although only limited sections are available to the public, it is among the top attractions of Siem Reap for tourists to witness the grandeur of the royalty of Cambodia.

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7. Silver Pagoda

7 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Silver Pagoda is a beautiful temple located next to the Royal Palace in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This temple is known for more than 5000 excellent intricately-decorated silver tiles adorning the floor of the central complex. It is one of the highly recommended attractions to visit in Siem Reap for its cultural value, grandeur and elegant architecture.

8. Cambodian Living Arts

8 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Cambodian Living Arts is an institute performing cultural shows in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This private institute is a famous attraction among the tourists visiting the capital city for their vibrant, impressive dance performances that depict Cambodian heritage and culture narrated by a combination of storytelling with traditional art, dance and music. It is highly recommended to visit the centre while traveling in Phnom Penh.

9. Wat Phnom

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Wat Phnom is a large Buddhist temple located on the only hill in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the tallest religious structure of the town and is quite popular among the locals who come here to pray for good luck and success in their lives. Offering magnificent views of the city and surrounded by a lovely garden, Wat Phnom hill temple is a top attraction of Phnom Penh that shouldn't be missed by tourists traveling in the city.

10. Independence Monument

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Independence Monument is located in the heart of the city in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Built to commemorate the country's independence from France, it is one of the iconic landmarks popular among the locals and the tourists. It is worth checking out this uniquely built lotus-shaped stupa monument featuring traditional Khmer architecture while exploring Phnom Penh.

11. The Night Market in Phnom Penh

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Night Market is located on the riverfront close to downtown in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. This local night market open only during the weekends is a famous attraction for the Cambodians as well as tourists who come to enjoy a cold night by the riverfront tasting local street food and beer, to shop for cheap clothes, souvenirs and local jewellery. For tourists visiting Phnom Penh, exploring the local night market is a way of experiencing a Cambodian way of local life more than a destination for shopping.

12. Orussey Market

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Orussey Market is an old wholesale market located in the downtown close to Monivong Boulevard, one of the main areas for shopping in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Spread across three floors consisting of hundreds of shops, it is the largest market for local products in the country and is more famous among the locals than the tourists. It is well visiting the market for the travelers to experience how Cambodia's busiest market looks like, with people from all over the country coming here every day to buy a wide range of essential products.

13. Sisowath Quay

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Sisowath Quay is a famous boulevard located in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This street, lined with many shops selling souvenirs, restaurants, cafes and bars, is a popular hangout place for the locals and a tourist attraction, which gets crowded during the weekends and holidays. The promenade lies in front of the Mekong river and is also famous for water sports enjoyed by the travelers visiting Phnom Penh.

14. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center(PTWRC) is a wildlife centre located to the south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the largest zoo in the country consisting of over 1200 animals of more than 100 species and is among the top attractions. More than 2 million tourists visit Phnom Tamao every year. If you want to experience Cambodian wildlife in their natural habitats, this is a highly recommended attraction to visit while traveling in Phnom Penh.

15. The Russian Market, Phnom Penh

15 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Russian Market or Psah Toul Tom Poung is a famous market located close to the city centre of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is very famous for all the colourful souvenirs unique to the country and is a top destination for tourists looking for shopping options in Phnom Penh. Compared to all other markets, many options are available, and the products are cheaper too, making it worth a stop for locals and travelers alike.

16. Phnom Penh Sunset Boat Tours

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

A sunset boat tour is one of the great tourist activities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Blessed with rich Mekong river surrounded by dense mangrove forests abundant in local wildlife and flora, a boat tour along in the evening offers incredible sunset views.

17. Bassac Lane

17 out of 22
places to visit in Phnom Penh

Bassac Lane is the prominent street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia popular among the tourists for the excellent restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs. The road is one of the most happening neighbourhoods with a bustling nightlife. Street vendors and hawkers sell local street food, desserts and smoothies, while you can enjoy Cambodia's best Khmer food in many of the restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines.

18. Koh Dach

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Koh Dach is an island located on the banks of the Mekong river at Kandal in Kon Dach Commune close to the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The archipelago, known as Silk Island, is popular among the tourists for the clean, white sand beaches and the handicrafts produced here by the locals. It is worth planning a day trip to Koh Dach island while exploring Phnom Penh for a relaxing beach holiday.

19. Wat Langka

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Wat Langka is a colourful Buddhist temple located in the heart of the city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The temple, which gets its name from an order of monks from Sri Lanka, was initially built to store sacred Buddhist scripts and writings. One of those rare monuments to survive the Khmer Rouge, it is a popular attraction among the tourists visiting Siem Reap for its vibrant architecture and the massive collection of ancient Buddhist holy writings.

20. Wat Ounalom

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

Wat Ounalom is a prominent temple located in front of the Tonle Sap River in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The pagoda is the headquarters of Cambodian Mohanikay order of Buddhism and is home to the head monk in the country. It is one of the top attractions in Siem Reap for tourists for its central, scenic location next to the river and being the centre of Buddhism in Cambodia.

21. Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk is the Norodom Sihanouk Memorial located in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is a monument commemorating former King Norodom Sihanouk, who is credited for his efforts in liberating the country from French colonization. The memorial is one of the tourist attractions for people exploring Phnom Penh city and is worth making a stop while traveling here.

22. Royal Railway Station

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places to visit in Phnom Penh

The Royal railway station is a prominent landmark located in the heart of the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is a heritage building and is not functional since 2014. Due to its rich history and the elegant architecture, the station is one of the tourist attractions drawing travellers in the city.

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