Phnom Penh – Travel Tips At The Capital Of Cambodia7 min read

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Phnom Penh - Travel Tips At The Capital Of Cambodia

Overview

Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists.

On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country. At the city’s heart is the massive, art deco Central Market.

Phnom Penh is slowly gaining high rise buildings, traffic lights, and Western style shopping malls, but overall remains one of the most undeveloped capitals in Asia. It does not have the huge colonial British architectural heritage like Yangon in Myanmar, and is light years behind Bangkok.

The innermost part of the city, known as “riverside” is where most tourists will go, as it hosts cafés and restaurants aplenty. Standard tourist sights are few, which makes the city a place to relax, watch the street life and absorb the local colour.

Phnom Penh is a worthwhile destination for those who enjoy an ‘edgy’ experience as well as those interested in authentic South East Asian people and culture.

Motor vehicle generated pollution level could get very high, especially in the popular tourist area and therefore, you will feel your lung capacity drop after a few days. If you take any medication for issues such as asthma, take them with you. Cambodia has a dual currency system, where the US dollar (USD) and the Khmer riel (KHR) are used simultaneously.

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Visas

All visitors, except citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam need a visa to enter Cambodia. The official price for a tourist visa is USD35 or USD40 for an “ordinary visa” also known more commonly as “business visa”.

Staff may try to charge more at some land border crossings: hold out for the official price, particularly at major crossings, but don’t be upset if you have to pay USD1-2 extra.

Visas can be obtained at Cambodian embassies or consulates. Visas are also available “on arrival” at both international airports, all six international border crossings with Thailand, some international border crossings with Vietnam, and at the main border crossing with Laos.

  • Tourist visas: all are valid for one stay of up to 30 days. Those issued in advance expire 90 days after issue. In Phnom Penh (or elsewhere via agencies), tourist visas can be extended only once, allowing an additional 30 days at a cost of around USD30.

At Phnom Penh airport head to the Visa on Arrival desk, join the queue to the left, where your application form is reviewed (you should have bween given the form on the plane). Then move to the right and wait for your name to be called. You then pay and receive your passport with the visa.  

Officials have difficulties pronouncing Western names so stay alert and listen out for any of your names in your passport, any of your given names or surname may be called. Once reunited with your passport, join the Immigration queue. It’s exactly the same procedure at Siem Reap airport.

Note: Cost may change by time

  • E-visa

Citizens of most nations can apply for an e-Visa online on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website, through a service provided by a private Cambodian company (CINet).

Famous Tourist Attractions

Vinadaytravel suggests some famous attractions from Phnom Penh such as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison), Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Central Market (Phsar Thmey), The Killing Fields, Ta Prohm Temple at Tonle Bati, Independence Monument, Wat Ounalom, Cambodian Living Arts – Apsara and Traditional Khmer Dance, Wat Langka, National Museum of Cambodia, …

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

  • Address: Riverside, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 am – 17:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: US$6.50 for The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are set adjacent to each other, spanning 174,870 square metres of lush greenery and breathtaking Khmer architecture.

Central Market (Phsar Thmey)

  • Address: Street 130, Phnom Penh
  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 am – 18:00 pm

Central Market (Phsar Thmey) caters to just about any traveller, whether you’re a shopping enthusiast who wants to gauge your haggling skills, a tourist interested to be a part of bustling crowd, or simply keen to explore (and photograph) Phnom Penh’s unique architectural designs.

National Museum of Cambodia

  • Address: Preah Ang Eng Street (13), Phnom Penh
  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 am – 17:00 pm

The National Museum of Cambodia is the country’s largest archaeological and cultural history museum. It enables you to have a glimpse into the cultural side of Cambodian history dating back to the 4th century.

Best Dining In Phnom Penh

Bistrot Langka

  • Add: 51 Pasteur, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:15 am – 22:00 pm

Bistrot Langka offers its guests a warm welcome, this charming bistrot has an elegant and congenial atmosphere with a French & Cambodian fusion menu. It is famous for its specialties (Tuna Tataki, Duck Breast or Beef filet and homemade French fries).

Cuisines: French, European, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Cousin’s Burger & Coffee

  • Add: 16EO Street 200, Between Norodom Blvd and Pasteur Street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 am – 23:00 pm

A GOURMET Fast-food located in the city center of Phnom Penh. Two french cousin’s had an original idea to give Cambodia the taste of an authentic American Burgers with a the French Touch Let your curiosity guide you for : Tasty homemade Burgers, Hot Dog, Fried potatoes, fresh salad as well as handmade Desserts A large range of drinks available in our “Coffee Shop”.

Cuisines: Cafe, European, French, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Casablanca Restaurant

  • Add: 278 Street, Corner 63 street, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 pm – 22:00 pm

Our philosophy is based on providing a healthy, fresh and homemade food in a cozy and inspiring atmosphere with affordable prices.

Cuisines:  Moroccan, Mediterranean, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options

Where To Stay in Phnom Penh ?

InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel

  • Add: 296, Boulevard Mao Tse Toung, Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Rated: 8,3 / 10

Just a short drive from Central Market, InterContinental Phnom Penh provides a modern setting and showcases views of Phnom Penh.

There are a range of facilities available to those staying at InterContinental Hotel Phnom Penh, including 24-hour room service, an executive floor and a beauty centre. There is an in-house day spa and a golf course.

Every room at InterContinental Phnom Penh includes a mini bar and slippers, and the bathrooms offer showers and bathrobes. The hotel also has several connecting rooms to accommodate families.

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Hotel

  • Add:  26, Old August Site Sothearos Boulevard, Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Rated: 8,9 / 10

The air-conditioned rooms have warm tones and dark hardwood furniture with windows that offer plenty of natural light and views of the river or city. Rooms are fitted with Sofitel MyBed beds and are equipped with a flat-screen TV.

Guests can make use of the 24-hour front desk to request tour arrangements and use the meeting facilities at Club Millisime. Guests are free to use the facilities at the Phokeetra Sports Club, including tennis courts and squash courts. There is also a well-equipped fitness center.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

  • Add: 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat, Doun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Rated: 8,6 / 10

Situated in Phnom Penh, this 5-star property is modern and elegant. This historic hotel provides an on-site fitness centre, a coffee bar and massage services. It offers family-friendly amenities, with room designs and services for families of any size, as well as supervised child care/activities and babysitting/child services.

Every modern room at Raffles Hotel Le Royal comes with a mini bar and slippers, while the bathrooms offer showers and bathrobes. All include bottled water, a flat-screen TV and wireless internet access.

Raffles is located in the heart of Phnom Penh’s entertainment district with restaurants, cafés and nightlife on the doorstep. In addition, Cambodia Securities Exchange and Wat Phnom are within a short walk.

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