Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is not lacking in attractions. It is a city with many faces that will surprise you with its heritage, its history and its contrasts. Moreover, it is not for nothing that it was once called the pearl of Asia. Are you planning to fly to this country for a few days? Discover the visits to make for an outstanding stay in Phnom Penh.
Visit the emblematic museums and monuments of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh has a very rich cultural and historical heritage. The city is home to many museums that bear witness to its past. During your visit to Phnom Penh, discover the Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda. Built in the 19th century, the king of Cambodia used to reside there. The Palace seduces from the start by its gilding and its atypical roofs visible from the Mekong river bank. The Silver Pagoda is a magnificent royal temple where you will discover the famous “Emerald Buddha” statue. Among the most beautiful museums of the city, do not miss during your stay in Phnom Penh the National Museum of Cambodia which is located near the Royal Palace. Its architecture will impress you. The museum houses an important collection of Khmer art and historical objects. Then, visit the Independence Monument, the Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Cemetery to learn more about the history of the city.
Wander through the city’s colorful markets
Phnom Penh has lively and colorful markets that are one of its tourist attractions. To get the full feel of the city, head to Orussey Market. Walk through its narrow alleys and interact with the local population. At the top of the building, you will have an incredible view of the surroundings.
The central market is also a must during a visit to Phnom Penh. It is a huge yellow building, easily spotted. Unlike the Orussey market, this place welcomes many tourists. Indeed, one can find there articles of souvenirs.
Treat yourself to beautiful walks and escapades
Want a change of scenery? During your visit to Phnom Penh, take a walk along the Tonle Sap River which borders the Mekong. The place is lined with restaurants if you want to have a little gourmet break. If you want to go a little further and escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Silk Island. It is a green oasis where you can relax. You will certainly enjoy the varied landscapes of the place: lush vegetation, rice field, houses on stilts, etc. You will also see a small bridge that allows you to go to a small island even more quiet. It is recommended for a stay off the beaten track!