Things to do in Phnom Penh
Take a morning stroll, before it gets too hot, around the Royal Palace. Combining French technology and Cambodian design, the building is a true Asian masterpiece which has survived 20th century conflict untouched. Hop into a tuk-tuk for a 40 minute drive to the serene yet sombre place that is the eerie ‘Killing Fields of Choeung Ek’. Not a place for the squeamish this destination tells of Cambodia’s troubled past. View the horrific yet mind expanding wartime history of this country. Thankfully, even though relatively recent, this era is has well and truly past and is now engrained into Cambodia’s rich history.
Cruises on the Tonle Sap River are popular with visitors. Boat trips can be arranged personally with the tour guides and will take you past the picturesque views of the Phnom Penh skyline. For a bit of something out of the ordinary, the Royal Cambodian Army allow willing participants to have a go at shooting anything from pistols to the infamous AK-47 in the ‘Thunder Ranch’. With a sense of Rambo fuelled fun, test your aim on the paper targets.
Angkor Wat, known to be one of the wonders of the world is a fascinating and beautiful religious monument. Describing this temple with words simply isn’t enough; travellers around the area have to see this architectural masterpiece. Guided tours are a great way to explore the site and will ensure you won’t miss out on any important parts or intricate details.
Cambodia’s Royal Palace is a great place to visit first when staying in Phnom Penh, easing into its rich history. The Palace glitters with wealth and confuses with intricate obscure architecture. The grounds around the building are beautiful and it is a pleasure to wonder the gardens. The King of Cambodia is currently resident to the Palace so be sure to check out when tours are available.
A former high school in the capital city of Phnom Penh was converted by Pol Pot’s ruthless ‘Khmer Rouge’ regime and became the most notorious prison camps in Cambodia. Deeply embedded into the country’s heritage this piece of history cannot be overlooked, which makes it a must see for visitors of the area.
Built in 1920 the National Museum of Cambodia has lived through the Khmer Rouge period and is still prospering to this day. The huge collection of Cambodian history within the traditional building is impressive and very interesting. The museum is Cambodia’s largest and specialises in cultural history and archaeology. Within the museum is an extensive collection of Khmer designed and inspired sculptures.
The Kingdom Brewery tour continually receives stellar reviews from visitors worldwide. The brewery is located in the north of Phnom Penh alongside the Tonle Sap River, a short tuk-tuk ride away from most populous areas of the city.