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Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

 

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Phnom Penh offers its visitors a wide range of contrasts and experiences. Beautiful colonial architecture stands in neighbourhood to modern glass buildings. Luxury cars drive in the crowded streets next to old tuk tuk’s. Fine Dining and luxury bars are next to yummy streetfood.

Colonial Architecture Pavillon Hotel
Colonial Architecture Pavillon Hotel

Banana transport in Phnom Penh
Banana transport in Phnom Penh

 

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Highlights of Phnom Penh

One of the city’s major tourist attractions is the National Museum of Cambodia, where visitors are treated displays of pottery and bronzes which date back over 1,500 hundred years. There is a collection of wonderful statues of Shiva from as far back as the ninth century and the whole museum is worth it just for the charming courtyard garden, there.

National Museum Phnmom Penh
National Museum Phnmom Penh

 

Close by of the National Museum is the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which both feature on the majority of tourists’ itineraries. Still a royal residence, the best part of the palace and pagoda are open to the public and you can hook up with a tour which is conducted in a variety of languages.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Phnom Penh

 

Wat Phnom is a well known bhuddist temple at the only hill of the city from 14th century, which has given Phnom Penh it’s name.

Wat Phnom
Temple Pnohm Penh

 

Constructed in 1935, the wonderful central market, or Phsar Thmei, is well worth seeking out, too. The market was built in the Art Deco style. Inside the market hall you’ll find all kind of juwelry.

Market Hall Phnom Penh
Central Market Phnom Penh

 

Around the market hall is the food market … have you ever tried spiders? 😉

Fruit Market Phnom Penh
Fruit Market Phnom Penh


 
 

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Culinary Highlights and the Nightlife of Phnom Penh

The Cambodian top address for fine French Cuisine is Van’s Restaurant. The Business Lunch at Van’s seems to be one of the best kept culinary secrets, starting from USD 15!

Van's Restaurant
Van’s Restaurant

 

The riverfront area is full of bars and can be found easily from the Royal Palace. Here, visitors can expect a mix of cafes, restaurants, busy bars and souvenir shops.
 

The Elephant Bar at Raffles Hotel offers the style of the colonial era. Perhaps one of Phnom Penh’s most stylish bars, it has been operating for over eight years and is the perfect place for pre-dinner cocktails with a travel companion whilst watching the sun go down.

Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh
Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh

 

Travel Safety in Phnom Penh

Like many other cities in south east Asia, Phnom Penh is a safe place to visit and explore, but it can often feel more comfortable if you choose to discover it with a female travel companion. Generally speaking, the city is busy but the inhabitants are friendly and welcoming of visitors. Navigating around the capital of Cambodia is simple enough, whether or not you have a travel companion with you, because all of the north-south streets are given odd numbers whilst the east-west ones are designated even. The higher the street’s number, the further west or south you are heading. Like much of Cambodia, catching a tuk-tuk is one of the simplest ways of getting between locations, although it is advisable to settle on a price for the journey before you start rather than at the end. Taxis tend to be only available in the most famous tourist destinations, but are clean and comfortable. When walking around, the city does have a problem with bag snatching, but this is usually overcome by simply taking care with your belongings. However, crossing the road can be tricky, so make sure you look both ways before stepping out, even if the traffic signals indicate you have the right of way!
 

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Penh - A Visitor's Guide
Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

Cambodia – 10 best things to do

Cambodia – 10 best things to do

 

Angkor Wat Cambodia
The tourlina team traveled one month through Cambodia. We found awesome nature, beautiful beaches, great temple architecture, a lively capital, lovely people and insights to the history of Cambodia. Cambodia is definately worth a visit! Here are our 10 favourite places in Cambodia:

1. The Temples of Angkor

Sure, Angkor Wat is one of the most visited sites in the world. Especially around public holidays you’ll find thousands of tourists visiting this place, the main attractions are always crowded. BUT you indeed shouldn’t miss a visit at least once in your lifetime! The architecture of the ruins is simply amazing and they have something “magic”. The main attraction is Angkor Wat, but it is worthwhile to visit some other temples, for example Ta Prohm with its tree overgrown ruins. The temple complex of Angkor consists in complete of more than 1,000 temples and sanctuaries within an area of 200 square kilometers. Besides the main attractions you’ll find also some calmer, nice places. The temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries; many of them have been restored.

Ta Prohm Cambodia
Ta Prohm Cambodia

 

2. Koh Rong Island

You urgently need some relaxation? You dream about endless beaches with white sand, clear tourquoise water, palms and pure nature in the background? Then Koh Rong is the right island for you! The island is about 25 kilometers far away from Sihanoukville. So far, there are no asphalted streets, no cars, no motorcycles, no tuk tuk’s – no noise at all and only some few small hotels and accomodations. Unfortunately there are already road works, the total calmness is going to have an end soon. So, better have a look into the tourlina app, search for some nice female travel companions and take some days off for Koh Rong chilling soon 😉 . Here is your link to the tourlina app.

Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia
Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia

 

3. Phnom Penh

Located at the confluence of Tonle-Sap and the Mekong river, Phnom Penh is the lively capital of Cambodia with about 1.5m inhabitants. It’s nice to explore the center of Phnom Penh first with a Cyclo, a traditonal three-wheeled cycle, visiting the beautiful Wat Phnom temple, the Royal Palace and the market hall. In the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and the Killing Fields you can experience and learn about the dark history of Cambodia. Interesting shops are located in street 240. Read more in “Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide”

Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia
Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia

 

4. Temples of Banteay Chhmar

The Banteay Chhmar temples are located in the northwest of Cambodia, 165 kilometers far away from Angkor, close to the border of Thailand. We’ve ranked Beanteay Chhmar as our number 4 because here you can experience completely for yourself, how nature recaptured the ruins. At least at the time we have visited the ruins, there were no other tourists at all. In size and splendor Banteay Chhmar was comparable to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, it’s a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. There are no hotels in this area. We’ve stayed in a homestay in Banteay Chhmar, which is a unique experience. The roads between Siem Riep and Banteay Chmar are new and well-constructed; it’s also possible to visit Banteay Chhmar by car within a daytrip from Siem Reap.

Banteay Chhmar Cambodia
Banteay Chhmar Cambodia

 

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5. Beng Mealea/ Banteay Srei

Another amazing day trip from Siem Reap by car is the visit of Beng Mealea and Banteay Srei. The Beng Mealea temples are located in a forest, trees are growing out of and in between of the ruins within a subdued light. Banteay Srei is a hinduistic temple complex from 10th century. In difference to the other temples Banteay Srei is made out of pink sandstone decorated with a fine relief decoration.

Banteay Srei Cambodia
Banteay Srei Cambodia

 

6. Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is well known for its long and nice beaches. After reading all the enthusiastic articles about Sihanoukville, we expected to have a great beach time. Well, we realised that at least around new year’s eve the beaches are an extremely crowded place with local people as well as tourists. The streets around the beach areas are massively poluted with waste. It’s not a good idea to come to Sihanoukville around this time. We nethertheless have choosen Sihanoukville as our number 6, because we suppose at any other time, it’s a nice, chilling town with nice beaches 🙂 .

Sihanoukville Cambodia
Sihanoukville Cambodia
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7. Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk is a complex of more than 100 temples located in a forest, 30 kilometers in the north of Kampong Thom. It belonged to one of the first temple cities in Asia, which was called Isanapura. Sambor Prei Kuk was built in the Pre-Angkorean period in the 7th century, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This archeological site is still off the beaten track, only some few tourists visit the ruins. At some of the temples you can observe the work of archeologists restoring the temples. Sambor Prei Kuk is a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Sambor Prei Kuk
Sambor Prei Kuk

 

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8. Koh Trong

Koh Trong is a peaceful island in the Mekong river close to Kratie. So far there are no cars at Koh Trong, only some few scooters and tuk tuk’s. It’s nice to ride by bicycle around the island; you can see a beautiful countryside, farmers working in the field, chicken and other animals crossing your path. Koh Trong is a perfect place for having a chilling break in between your Cambodia roundtrip.

Koh Trong Cambodia
Koh Trong Cambodia

 

9. Wat Banan

Wat Banan is a well preserved temple on a hill close to Battambang. There are 360 steps from the car park to the site, but it’s worth the effort. On top of the hill you have a great panoramic view. The place is not much frequented and very peaceful.

Wat Banan
Wat Banan

 

10. Kep/ Kampot

Kep has a fabulous crab market and is also well known for its sunsets. Kampot is a quiet, lovely town, which has kept a lot of its colonial history. In Kampot you can visit its black pepper farms; Kampot is well known for its pepper. The town is also a good starting point for trips to the Bokor hill.

Crab Market in Kep Cambodia
Crab Market in Kep Cambodia

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

 
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