Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities.
Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.
Cambodian Riel (KHR)
The Cambodia Daily
Phnom Penh Post (bi-monthly)
Most shops are open Monday to Sunday from 8 am – 7 pm. Markets open from 6 am to 5 pm. Stores and markets are only closed on public holidays.
Tourist Information Center in Phnom Penh
262 Monivong Blvd
Khan Daun Penh
+855 23 218 585
Phnom Penh took its name from a legend after a woman called Penh, thought to have found four Buddha washed ashore by the great river.
The French took over in 1869 and ruled until King Norodom Sihanouk declared independence in 1953. The colonial regime left behind impressive villas and large avenues, which form today’s city center. By the 1960's, the town was swinging and cafés were overflowing the streets.
April 17, 1975 is the day Phnom Penh changed. It emptied in one day as the Khmer Rouge took over the country. After four years Cambodians came back from across the country to reinvigorate their capital city. From a small riverside village it grew to become the country’s commercial hub. Today it is a burgeoning Asian capital crawling with activity; the landscape still void of skyscrapers. Phnom Penh remains an untouched Asian gem where cyclo drivers get lost in a sea of motorbikes.
Spend a day walking through the historical streets surrounding the Royal Palace, ride a tuk-tuk hopping from market to market, and end your day gazing at the shimmering lights reflecting off the Tonle Bassac. The city’s life never ceases as the old and the new live alongside each other.
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Tuol Sleng Museum
Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture
National Museum of Cambodia
The Killing Fields & Choeung Ek Memorial
The Flicks Community Movie Houses
Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)
Phnom Chisor Temple
Sovanna Phum Art Association & Art Gallery
Yoga Phnom Penh
Kids City Asia
A mix of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, Khmer food is varied, simple and delicious. A diet based on fish and soups, the local food offers healthy and abundant Asian surprises. Khmer highlights are fish amok- fish cooked in coconut and barbecued beef found on most street corners in the early evening around the Central Market. As the city is made up of many communities –Vietnamese, Chinese, Expatriate- there is a variety of delicacies and restaurants catering to a large expatriate community.
The Latin Quarter
FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club)
Pho Paris Restaurant & Guesthouse
Friends the Restaurant
Dine in the Dark
The Lost Room
Taqueria Corona Restaurant
Phnom Penh is a haven for fruit lovers, from mangoes of all shapes and sizes to delicious mangoustines. All markets have a fruit section and sellers walk along most main streets selling fresh papaya, pineapple and whichever fruit is in season. However, you will still find cafés serving a strong cup of coffee and western style pastries.
Bubbles Tea and Ice Cream
Feel Good Cafe & Coffee Roasters
Known to be a city without limits, Phnom Penh’s reputation as a nightspot rings true. With the local population out and about at night, after years of unrest, bars and clubs have mushroomed in the last years.
Heart of Darkness
Score! Bar & Grill
Phnom Penh has an eclectic shopping scene. Some major international clothing chains have already hit the town, and with its several bustling markets and diverse communities everything is here - from fragrant markets to modern malls.
Tuol Tom Pong Market (Russian Market)
Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique
Phnom Penh International Airport
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) lies approximately 10 km from Phnom Penh. The easiest way to get to and from the airport is by taxi. It takes around 20 - 40 minutes depending on traffic. You can also take a tuk-tuk and that costs about $5. Whatever alternative you choose, you can buy a coupon inside the airport terminal to avoid the hustle outside.
Address: Phnom Penh International Airport
Phone: +855 23 890 890
In the beginning of February 2014, the first public buses ran through the city again after a several years long break. During a trial period there will be 10 air-conditioned buses running a single route along the busy Monivong boulevard between 5.30 am until 8.30 pm.
Other types of local transportation is either with motor-taxi drivers or tuk-tuk drivers. Make sure to agree on a price before getting on. At night the price can increase. Cyclos, usually driven by old men from the countryside, are slower but provide a relaxing way to view the city and are slightly cheaper than moto-taxi drivers.
Lucky Lucky Motorbikes has been renting bikes for years and has the largest variety of motorbikes. Phnom Penh’s traffic can be dangerous and road regulations are not followed by most drivers. This is a nice way to explore the city, but cautious driving is required to avoid accidents. Beware of traffic police on major crossroads. If they stop you, a money transaction might be necessary.
Address: No. 413Eo, Preah Monivong, Phnom Penh
Phone: +855 23 220 988
More Information: Monivong Blvd near the corner of Street 184.
There are two types of taxis in Phnom Penh, those with a meter and those without. You find them outside major hotels or close to the tourist attractions. If you choose a taxi without a meter always agree on a price before you start the journey. Two of the taxi companies offering metered taxis are Global Taxi and Choice Taxi.
+855 23 888 023 / +855 10 888 010
+855 11 311888 / +855 92 889962
At the main post office in the city and here you find stamps and receive help for sending parcels etc. Always watch the carrier put the stamp on your postcard, letter etc. otherwise there might be a risk it will not reach its destination.
Address: No. 486BC, Mao Tse Toung (St. 245), Phnom Penh
Phone: +855 23 885 174
Country code: +855
Area Code: 023