Phnom Penh — the capital of Cambodia, situated in the centre of the country at the confluence of three rivers, one of the being the mighty Mekong. Phnom Penh is charming and tranquil city with French colonial buildings and monumental architecture of Angkor. There are many interesting touristy sites in the capital, such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom and Choeng Ek Killing Fields.
Phnom Penh Attractions
Royal Palace is a complex of buildings in Phnom Penh which is used as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. The palace is a good example of Khmer architecture. The complex consists of several impressive buildings such as the Silver Pagoda, the Khemarin Palace and the Throne Hall. The Royal Palace is a must-visit tourist attraction in Phnom Penh.
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh is a majestic structure located in the heart of the capital. This impressive Angkorian style tower was built in 1958 to memorialize Cambodia's independence from France that was gained in 1953.
Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple that is considered to be the central point of Phnom Penh. The temple was built in the late 14th century on the only hill of the capital city. Wat Phnom is the tallest religious building in Phnom Penh.
National Museum of Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia is the country's largest cultural history and archaeological museum. Located next to the Royal Palace in central Phnom Penh, the museum presents the cultural side of Cambodian history with one of the world's greatest collections of Khmer cultural material including objects from the prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods.
Wat Botum Park
Wat Botum Park is a peaceful park in central Phnom Penh, located south of the Royal Palace. The park got its name from the adjacent temple Wat Botum which is one of the most important pagodas in Phnom Penh.
Cambodia–Vietnam Friendship Monument
Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is a large concrete monument located at Wat Botum Park in central Phnom Penh. The monument was built by the communist regime to commemorate the alliance between Vietnam and Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge regime was overthrown.
The Mekong River is one of the mightiest rivers in Asia and it crosses Phnom Penh. You can experience everyday life and see historic attractions of Phnom Penh from a different perspective when taking a cruise along the river.
Phnom Penh's Riverside
Phnom Penh’s Riverside area, also known as Sisowath Quay, is a popular spot for tourists in Phnom Penh. The street stretching along the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers is one of the liveliest areas of the city which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops.
Phnom Penh Transportation
Flights to Phnom Penh
Direct flights connect Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) with Bangkok. Low-cost carrier AirAsia operates from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) and Bangkok Airways offer flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Flight deals for this route can be found here:
Bus to Phnom Penh
If from Bangkok you want to go directly to Phnom Penh, you can choose a trip on a bus or minivan. The length of journey can take anywhere from 12 to 15 hours, depending on the selected company and other conditions. Bus schedule can be found and tickets can be booked here:
International buses from Bangkok to Phnom Penh also depart from Ekkamai Bus Terminal.
The most popular route in Cambodia is from the capital city Phnom Penh to the city of Angkor temples Siem Reap. There are many buses and minivans covering this route and plenty of them can be found here:
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