Top Things to do in Phnom Penh

Top Things to do in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is one of the premier destination for any holiday to Cambodia. This charming city features fascinating French colonial architects, infamous Killing fields, stunning collections of museums that amaze any visitors. There are so many ways to appreciate the top things of Phnom Penh, these are some intrigue suggestions from our travel experts :
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National Museum of Cambodia

One of the must-sees in Phnom Penh, this museum is housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design, with an impressive courtyard garden. Home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture, this museum is a must visit.
With more than 5,000 artefacts dating back to the ancient Angkorian period, this place would enthuse all history lovers and culture vultures. Constructed between 1917 and 1924, the museum was renovated in 1968 and forms a major tourist attraction in Phnom Penh.
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

This former High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces in 1975 and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21, and went on to become the largest detention and torture centre of the country. Later S-21 has been turned into a museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.  The blood splattered walls, tiny brick cells and abandoned torture tools offer an important insight into the brutal regime; where an estimated 20,000 people were imprisoned from 1976 to 1979.

Choeung Ek

Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre / Killing Field

Located 17 km south of Phnom Penh, this site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge, killed between 1975 and 1979, is a prominent tourist spot that draws huge number of visitors worldwide.
An estimated two million people were killed or died from starvation and exhaustion. Almost 9,000 bodies were discovered at the mass graves of Choeung Ek, more commonly known as the Killing Fields, which now serves as a memorial site that features a sacred Buddhist stupa.

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The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Situated at the Western bank of the cross division of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River, this place serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia.
Some sections of this palace is open to the public and tourists can take a stroll through the manicured gardens and discover the marvel of ornate temples, libraries and galleries inside the palace grounds. The palace compound is also home to the Silver Pagoda, that’s named after its gleaming silver floor.

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Wat Phnom

Set on a green hillock at 88 ft elevation, this tallest religious structure was built in 1372 and forms the central point of Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom forms the centre of celebration during Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben. The temple’s interior has a central altar complex with a large bronze seated Buddha surrounded by other statues, flowers, candles and several devotional items.

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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

Established in 1995 with an area of over 6,000 acres of protected regenerating forest, this is the largest zoo in Cambodia and currently houses over 1,200 rescued animals, of which many are listed as endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A visit to this centre provides the guests a unique chance to hand-feed elephants, enter the tigers’ private den, feed baby macaques and get within a whisker of leopards, gibbons and otters.
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Koh Dach

To soak up the rural life of Phnom Penh, Koh Dack is a nice spot to start.  Also known as Silk Island, this picturesque island located on the banks of Mekong River offering a vast range of sightseeing places and historical sites, is a must visit. Tourists can learn about Cambodian silk weaving by visiting the weaving villages dotted across the islands, where they can watch workers use handlooms to spin silk while others dye materials to create some fascinating designs. The secluded island is also home to pristine countryside and a great way to escape the hectic city life.

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Cambodian Living Arts' Theatre Show

This vibrant show is a must on any Cambodian trip. Experiencing an evening of authentic Cambodian culture at the Traditional Dance Show in Phnom Penh is simply unforgettable. The daily shows at the capital’s National Museum, which run from 7 to 8 pm, gets good number of audiences. The Traditional Dance Show will leave the audiences spellbound with their performances that would take them through a journey from Angkor’s palaces to the villages of today.
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