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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

Vietnam Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City

Traveling Made Fun in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Old Meets New in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is still also given its colonial French name of Saigon, and the French influence really shows in this modern Asian city. With a Notre Dame Cathedral and a fabulously ornate central post office designed by Gustave Eiffel, there’s a definite old-meets-new, East-meets-West vibe here. Famous for its Pho (delicious -and healthy- Vietnamese soup), Ho Chi Minh City is filled with beautiful sights and attractions which range from the indulgent to the daring (a high-quality manicure or spa experience can be obtained for the loose change in your pocket, while lightning-fast motorbike tours through crowded backstreets will definitely make for an experience to remember).

 

Female Travel Companions while Traveling in Vietnam

Sometimes there’s nothing more liberating than travelling alone – and lengthy trips can work as a form of therapy or self-discovery following trauma or loss. This has proven a popular theme in novels and films in recent times: think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s divorce/travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love, or of Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar-nominated performance in Wild. Other times, though, women may feel a sense of solidarity and companionship in finding a female travel partner or travel companion to accompany them on their trip. From sipping glasses of fermented scorpion wine to bagging bargains at the 3,000 stalls of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market, a travel buddy not only offers someone to watch your back, but also someone to share your new experiences with.

 

Fun and Safety in Ho Chi Minh City with a Travel Companion

They say that there’s safety in numbers, and it’s certainly true that going around with a travel companion can make you feel more comfortable and secure, particularly if you want to go out and make the most of Ho Chi Minh’s nightlife. Pham Ngu Lao Street is the city’s backpackers’ quarter, and in this area the music and parties continue well into the small hours. Equally, sophisticated times are to be had in the city’s upmarket rooftop bars, and who better to share the good times with than a like-minded travel companion?

 

Cooking Classes, Architecture & Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese food is undoubtedly amazing, and some of the city’s better cooking classes will take you to local markets to source fresh food, before a local chef shows you how to prepare Vietnamese classics such as summer rolls- and you’ll likely be given a pack to take home so you can recreate the dishes for your friends. If you have a travel blog, you’ll definitely want to write about the city’s museums: the War Remnants Museum offers some serious reminders of the grim recent past for many local people, while Lam Son Square’s colonial French architecture (and great cocktails at the chi-chi Hotel Continental) are a must-see. A travel companion means you’ll have more fun while you take it all in, while a visit to the Thien Hau Pagoda will definitely remind you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore.

 

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A Ho Chi Minh City tour:

Municipal Theatre in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City
Scooter traffic in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Scooter traffic in Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Pagoda in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Market impressions
Market impressions