Vacations to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh lies where the Mekong, Tonlé Sap and Bassac rivers meet. Contemporary high-rise buildings jostle for space with ornate pagodas, sleek malls vie for business with bustling markets, and elegant colonial-style cafes sit side-by-side with lively bars. The pace of life here is frenetic, so be prepared for an assault on the senses – and the emotions. You can’t visit Phnom Penh without being aware of its heart of darkness – the legacy of Pol Pot’s brutal regime. If you want to find out more, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the city center, or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
The National Museum of Cambodia offers a more positive experience of the country’s culture. Housed in a stunning red-tiled building in landscaped gardens, it features magnificent artworks, sculptures and other historical exhibits. Head back here in the evening and you can catch a performance of traditional drama, opera or Apsara dance in the open-air theatre. Right next door is the Royal Palace, a complex of ornate buildings dating from 1866. Wander round and wonder at the Throne Room, inspired by the Bayon at Angkor, and the Silver Pagoda, a glittering fairytale structure featuring a silver-tile floor and diamond, crystal and jeweled Buddhas.
From here, take a stroll along Preah Sisowath Quay, a lively waterfront boulevard lined with cafes, bars and restaurants where you can watch the world whizz by. Cut inwards to see Phsar Thmey, the landmark 1930s Art Deco central market, and pick up a souvenir or two. Keep walking north and you’ll end up in the old French Quarter, a refined area with Colonial buildings and an air of faded grandeur. Indulge in a cocktail or afternoon tea at the legendary Elephant Bar in Raffles Hotel Le Royal, then head back down to the waterfront for a sunset river cruise.
There’s no shortage of quality restaurants in Phnom Penh, but to sample some of the best contemporary Khmer cuisine, hit the ultra-hip restaurants on and around Bassac Lane. Finish with a sundowner in one of the city’s many rooftop bars.
Indulge in afternoon tea in the landmark Elephant Bar
Pay your respects at the Killing Fields
Be dazzled by diamond and crystal Buddhas
Pnhom Penh Trip ideas
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Places to stay in Phnom Penh
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Things to do in Phnom Penh
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Explore Cambodia’s tragic history with a tour of the S-21 Prison & the Killing Fields.
Map of Phnom Penh
When to go to Phnom Penh
Good weather conditions throughout Cambodia with little to no rain
Good weather throughout Cambodia with temperatures gradually rising throughout the month, with lunchtime shade most welcome.
Hot weather generally across the region, with cooler temperatures in the North east. Keep day tours short and enjoy the sun fully on the beach.
Very hot generally across the region, although the beaches will feel pleasant in the heat.
Dry and hot with sporadic spells of rain. Angkor temples will see less crowds and the rainfall will bring the humidity down.
Wet throughout most of the region, especially in the North East where the rains will make traveling around difficult.
Very wet, but with some dry days. Thunder clouds will create some spectacular views during this time as well.
Rainfall will reach its peak but it will be a good time to visit Tonlé Sap Lake, when water levels will be high enough to see the floating villages by boat.
Wet and warm with lots of rain, making it a good time to visit floating villages and flooded forests. The moat and pools around Angkor temples will be full of water.
Warm with less rainy days. Tonle Sap Lake will be at its fullest and the waterfalls in the Northeast will be full of flowing water.
Start of the dry season with a few short showers early in the month. Now is the perfect time to visit Tonle Sap, with warm weather but a lake full of water.
One of the best times to visit with dry sunny weather and relatively low humidity.