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1. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields)

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields)

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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.

2. National Museum of Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia
4.3 /5

5 km
from city center
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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. Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields

Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields
4.6 /5

3 km
from city center
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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.

4. Indulge in a Sunset Boat Tour

Indulge in a Sunset Boat Tour
4.3 /5

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While Cambodia straddles plenty of scenic waterways, Phnom Penh is extremely popular for its breathtaking sunsets. Get a private boat tour past the capital city’s picturesque landscapes, Tonle Sap’s floating villages and the dense mangrove forests flanking the Mekong River. Then, spend a relaxed evening, with unlimited drinks and dinner, offered on sunset boat tours by Cambo Cruise, Memorable Cambodia Cruise, and Kanika Boats.

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5. Cambodian Living Arts

Cambodian Living Arts

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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.

6. Night Market in Phnom Penh

Night Market in Phnom Penh

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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.

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7. The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

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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.

8. Silver Pagoda

Silver Pagoda

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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.

9. The Russian Market

The Russian Market

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A noteworthy street market in Phnom Penh is the Russian Market. This is the hippest market in town and one of the largest in Phnom Penh. Stalls selling wooden handicrafts, antiquities, miniature Buddhas, fruits and veggies, jewellery, etc occupy this market. And of course, you’ll see plenty of knock-off products with various brand tags. The market is also famous for Khmer iced coffee, elephant pants, grilled bananas and bargaining.

10. Independence Monument

Independence Monument

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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. Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

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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.

12. Psar Thmei

Psar Thmei
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
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Psar Thmei or the Central Market was first opened in 1937 and is located under a dome and four extending ‘legs’(hallways) of the structure. It’s an Art Deco building of Cambodia with a bright splash of yellow on the outside. It has countless stalls ranging from gold and silverware to electronic goods to food stalls. It’s a prominent market in Phnom Penh and is usually pretty busy with locals and tourists shopping for goods.

13. Orussey Market

Orussey Market

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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.

14. Sisowath Quay

Sisowath Quay

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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.

15. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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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.

16. Bassac Lane

Bassac Lane

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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.

17. Koh Dach

Koh Dach

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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.

18. Wat Langka

Wat Langka

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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.

19. Wat Ounalom

Wat Ounalom

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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.

20. Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

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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.

21. Royal Railway Station

Royal Railway Station

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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.

22. Wat Moha Montrey

Wat Moha Montrey

3 km
from city center
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Located on the Sihanouk Boulevard, Wat Moha Montrey is a Buddhist temple built in 1970. The tall 35 metre structure was utilized as a rice and corn storage area. Being one of the most famous temples in the country, the spacious temple is often visited by locals and tourists and has spectacular architecture with erect pillars, beautiful red doors and intricate golden peripheral designs.

23. Wat Saravan

Wat Saravan

4 km
from city center
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things to do in Phnom Penh

Wat Saravan is a large temple situated a few minutes away from the National Museum. The temple is embellished with a collection of sculptures, statues, relics, wall and ceiling paintings of Lord Buddha. The old construction inside the Wat blends well with the modern design of the outer compound. Housing the country’s largest library, the place also possesses approximately 3400 manuscripts. The extraordinary Khmer style architecture stands out amidst the modern buildings of the city making the temple easy to locate.

24. Wat Botum

Wat Botum

5 km
from city center
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Known as the Temple of Lotus Blossoms, Wat Botum is located close to the Royal Palace and the Wat Botum Park. One of the city’s original wats, this magnificent structure was constructed in the 1400s under King Ponhea Yat’s rule. The ancient Khmer architectural building boasts of several relics, beautiful paintings and a large relic of a Buddha Stupa.

25. Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre

Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre
4.4 /5

10,108 km
from city center
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Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre is a retail and F&B outlet in Phnom Penh with a boutique, women’s nail spa, and a cafe. Former trafficking victims are employed here in customer service positions ranging from chefs to business managers to baristas. The store furthermore offers opportunities for visitors to support the Daughters by buying their products like unique t-shirts, fashion accessories, soft home furnishings, wooden ornaments, and kids’ toys.

26. Go On a Street Food Tour

Go On a Street Food Tour
4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
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Sample authentic Khmer delicacies in bustling open-air and night markets, mom-and-pop eateries, and busy street-food stalls in Cambodia’s capital, a paradise for lovers of Asian food with western twists. Some top spots to visit on a Phnom Penh street food tour include Street 19, Orussey Market, Phnom Penh Night Market, and Russian Market. Be sure to try yakitori skewer chicken, Cambodian fried doughnuts, pork noodles, Khmer coffee, and fried tarantulas.

27. Enjoy the Nightlife

Enjoy the Nightlife
4.5 /5

4 km
from city center
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Celebrate Phnom Penh’s beauty after sundown with visits to some of the country’s most highly recognized bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, food streets, and markets. The nightlife here caters to Cambodian and international socialites, the youth, backpackers and tourists. For live music and happy hours, the best spots are Pontoon, Club Love, and Heart of Darkness. Other popular nightlife destinations include Candy Bar, Cadillac Bar and Grill, and Phnom Penh Night Market.

28. Enjoy a River Boat Cruise

Enjoy a River Boat Cruise
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
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Enjoy private tours, sunset sails, and party bookings on Tonle Sap, Chaktomuk River and the Mekong river with boat cruises departing from the Phnom Penh Floating Port. Sail past the picturesque Cambodian countryside, floating villages, Royal Palace grounds, and the city's numerous landscapes. Most cruises last two hours, while longer ones offer boutique sleepers, wining and dining. Popular luxury cruise operators include Cambo Cruise and Kanika Boats.

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What are the top hotels in Phnom penh?

There are 439 Hotels in Phnom penh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Phnom penh are Phnom Penh Apartment Olympia Mall, Yunfan Hotel, 尘外精品民宿酒店, ALL SPORTS BACKPACKERS, 中国之家, East & west guest house. You can see all the hotels in Phnom penh here

What are the top activities in Phnom penh?

The top activities in Phnom penh are Shared Bus Transfers from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, Kampot, or Kep by Giant Ibis, Shared Bus Transfers between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh by Giant Ibis, Phnom Penh Hop-On Hop-Off Killing Fields Tour and S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Sunset Cruise in Phnom Penh by Cambo Cruise, Private City Transfers between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Experience Cambodian Living Arts Earth and Sky Dance Show Ticket in Phnom Penh.

What are the top shopping places in Phnom penh?

The top shopping places in Phnom penh are Psar Thmei, The Night Market in Phnom Penh, Orussey Market.

What are the top sightseeing places in Phnom penh?

The top sightseeing places in Phnom penh are Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, National Museum of Cambodia, Psar Thmei, Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields), The Royal Palace.

How much does a package cost for Phnom penh?

The packages for Phnom penh start at INR 45493 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Phnom penh?

The most popular way to get around the city is hiring a tuk-tuk or remork-moto. The other local transport options include pedicab (cyclo) and moto. If you're willing to explore the city streets on your own, you can hire a bicycle, motorbike or even a car- there are several places where you can get a vehicle on rent for varying charges. But before making your mind for this, ask yourself if you'd be able to cope up with the chaotic traffic in the city.
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