7 Interesting Things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

7 Interesting Things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and was the first place in Cambodia we visited. In this post you will discover 7 interesting things to do in Phnom Penh.

I’m not really a fan of big cities but there is history in Phnom Penh that I was interested in, i.e., the genocide of Khmer Rouge. Also, I entered and exited from there.

This list of interesting things to do in Phnom Penh gives a short review of each of the things to do in Phnom Penh as well as links to more detailed reviews (where applicable).

7 Interesting Things to Do in Phnom Penh

1. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng, also known as S-21, was a secret torture center in the era of the Khmer Rouge. It is now a memorial museum and is really interesting, although the subject matter may disturb some people.

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Inside the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

2. Botum Park

This is located just a few streets inland from the Mekong Shore Boardwalk. There’s lots of street food, people dancing, skateboarding, and generally just hanging around. Good for people watching.

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A street Vendor in Botum Park.

3. Mekong Shore Boardwalk

I was expecting loads of street food and possibly entertainment. None of this but a nice stroll all the same. There was some food, but nothing like the choices at Botum Park.

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Mekong River boardwalk.

4. Killing Fields

Also known as the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, this is where prisoners from S-22 (and other places) were taken to for termination. This is just one of 300+ such killing fields that have been uncovered in Cambodia. Interesting if not disturbing.

$3usd entry + $3usd for the audio guide, which I highly recommend.

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Pagoda at the killing fields.

5. Markets

There are a couple of markets in Phnom Penh.

The Russian market is in the south of the city. Not sure why it is called the Russion Market. Another one is the Central Market. They are essentially the same although the central market seems a bit bigger and has more jewelry.

There are money exchangers around both but try a few first because the rates differ quite a bit between the different shops.

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Inside the Russian Markets.

6. The Royal Palace

Probably the biggest attraction in the city of Phnom Penh. Nice for a walk around the gardens, see the architecture, and look at some artifacts.

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Inside the Royal Palace grounds.

7. Phnom Wat

At the end of our trip we went back to Phnom Penh for a couple of days and decided to go to the Phnom Wat. It was only $1 entry and is a nice little place to walk around in the middle of the city.

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One of the stupas inside Phnom Wat.

Getting To Phnom Penh

Being the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is fairly easily accessible from anywhere.

You can fly in or take a bus.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh

Whilst doing all these interesting things to do in Phnom Penh I stayed at the Base Hostel.

Cost: 21USD/night for a double room, private bathroom, air-conditioning.

Address: #29, St 222, Donpanh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Great little place in a good location. Amazing staff, pool, activities, bar, restaurant at reasonable prices. Also has lots of information about things to see/do in Phnom Penh.

I recommend staying there.

Book your stay at the Base Villa or some other accommodation in Phnom Penh.

Getting to Base Villa
From the airport you can catch a tuk tuk to anywhere in the city. Don’t pay more than $7usd.

You could also catch the bus from the airport (fare is less than a dollar) into the city and then walk in to the Base Villa. It’s in a pretty central location, about 15 minutes walk from the riverside.

Got anything to add to this list of interesting things to do in Phnom Penh? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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