Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, is located to the south of the country and is filled with both fascination and history. With the country being a French colony for 78 years, Parisian architecture and culture is seen throughout and it was once referred to as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. It is a gorgeous city, located on the banks of the Bassac, Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers.


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Phnom Penh Highlights

Not many cities in the world have a recent history as harrowing as the one you can explore in Phnom Penh. Monuments to those that died during the Khmer Rouge regime are all around but it is also a redeveloped, vibrant city with things to see and do.

Be sure not miss the Royal Palace and various temples as you hop in a tuk-tuk and explore this compact place, filled with colonial architecture and ancient neighbourhoods. On the banks of three rivers, it also boasts a surprising beauty that is worthy of a few nights during your travels.

Pretty Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Highlights Cambodia Highlights

Things to do in Phnom Penh

  • Take a sobering history lesson at S-21 Prison, known as the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Continue your education at the haunting Killing Fields
  • Sail down the tranquil Mekong River
  • Bag a bargain at the Central Market
  • Treat your taste buds to Kampot pepper crab

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The capital of Cambodia is a beautiful city, somewhat haunted by a traumatic and harrowing past. Many tourists and travellers visit the city to learn about this past, and find it both sobering and upsetting – so make sure you’re prepared emotionally before setting out on such quests.

When exploring the city you’ll want to wear something cool, comfortable and sensible. Light, but sturdy shoes are important, as there is a lot of walking involved when sightseeing.

It’s also highly important to pack respectful clothing. A lot of historical sites in the city are either religious or memorials of lost citizens – so it is imperative you dress to respect this. Don’t wear offensive slogan t-shirts, and keep shoulders covered with a sarong or cardigan.

Essential Information

  • Cambodia Capital- Phnom Penh
  • Cambodia Currency- Cambodian Riel
  • Cambodia Language- Khmer
  • Time Zone- GMT +7hours.

Weather in Phnom Penh

Generally, the best time to visit Phnom Penh is between the months of October and December. During this time you’ll find the city is dry and cool (compared to national averages and the hotter months). You’ll be thankful for the cooler temperatures when you’re out and about exploring the city’s many historical sites.

During the rest of the year expect temperatures to rise, and rain to increase. The rainy season falls during May and October. It wouldn’t be advisable to visit during this time if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors because your chances of getting rained on are extremely high!


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