Destination Guide: Phnom Penh
Gilded palaces, elegant colonial architecture and riverfront walks
Walk shoulder-to-shoulder with saffron-robed monks through street markets thronging with
hawkers. Escape Phnom Penh’s crowds in peaceful Buddhist temples where polished gold pagodas
glint through smoky trails of incense. Across Cambodia, the Temples of Angkor have been
reclaimed from the jungle.
Food and Drink
Feast on French victuals and Khmer traditions. Stroll up riverfront walkways to
exclusive restaurants and enjoy French bread with pâté, and sweet pastries. Or sample
fresh fish caught in the Mekong River cooked in citrus marinades and fresh herbs. Enjoy
fragrant Cambodian Khmer dishes at restaurants on lively Street 278. If you
are feeling adventurous, delve into vats of deep-fried locusts freshly cooked in
Phnom Penh’s well-lit night markets.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Discover ancient pagodas and the darker side of Phnom Penh’s past. Visit the
Royal Palace and dazzling Silver Padoga for a glimpse of what life was like
before the Khmer Rouge regime. Come face-to-face with Cambodia’s horrific past in Tuol
Sleng. Thousands of the prison’s torture victims were buried in nearby Choeung
Ek where a pagoda of skulls forms a vivid memorial.
Browse refined boutiques and bustling markets. Invest in luxury silks, custom
furniture and Cambodian arts in the galleries and boutiques along Street 240. Peruse
the stalls beneath the Art Deco dome of the Phnom Penh Central Market for T-shirts,
flowers and bootleg copies of the latest books.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Visit the riverfront for tranquil evenings on land and afloat. As night falls the
path lining the point where the Mekong River meets Tonlé Sap comes alive with
relaxed strollers. Imitate journalists and diplomats with a Martini at the Foreign
Correspondents Club and then dine aboard a brightly-lit boat as you cruise past
pagodas and Phnom Penh’s floating villages.