Phnom Penh
A sprawling city with chaotic traffic and decaying buildings, Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, makes up for its lack of aesthetic beauty with the remnants of its French colonial glory and energetic bustle. There is some great sight-seeing to be done on holiday in Phnom Penh, which features good museums, a colourful market, Mekong rivermore
Phnom Penh - Cyd. Date of travel: Mar 2009
Phnom Penh is not a city to be in if you are on a budget and also enjoy kind, honest people. Go to Thailand instead.
Running low - Alex Loeb. Date of travel: Nov 2008
This time to Phnom Penh I made the wise decision to stay away from the budget guesthouses around the lake in favor of the better situated and slightly classier ones around the river. It costs around 6 to 12 dollars a night but the nightlife is all around and the best French cafes and restaurants are overlooking the river. Memphis pub isn't cheap but has a great band doing American covers and for a welcome taste of home I was all ears.
Phnom Penh - Eric. Date of travel: Dec 2007
Phnom Penh is a lovely city where there are plenty of low buildings with beautiful colonial designs.
Wonderful place - Gramham. Date of travel: Oct 2007
Phnom Penh is a place to visit since we can enjoy a colonial housing styles.
Phnom Penh - Duncan Warburton. Date of travel: Dec 2005
Phnom Penh is my favourite city in South East Asia. Although I had been told that there isn't much to do there, I ended up staying there for around 6 days, and certainly found plenty to do in the city that used to be called the "Pearl of Asia" Set alongside the Tonle Sap River, the city has a very relaxed feel, and the charming mix of French colonial and Khmer architecture is very unique, and it is easy to spend half a day wandering around the main area taking it all in. A visit to the National Musuem and Royal Palace should be on the agenda, try and schedule this during the middle of the day - a good place to escape the sun! There are many riverside restaurants and bars, all serving traditional Khmer and Western food (avoid the happy pizzas!), and we found a great little place just off the main riverfront area called "Sebastian" - all meals are sensational and nothing over $1USD... The best place to enjoy the sunset and a couple of Angkor Beers is the rooftop bar of the Foreign Correspondent's Club (FCC) - a charming building used as a base by many journalists over the years. Take a bit of time to have a look at the collection of black and white photos and the small library on the second floor. The nearby Russian Market is the place to do your shopping and some great bargins can be found, especially hand-crafted silk, marble and wood. It is easy to get lost in this huge maze of stalls and food vendors, but take some time out in here - the people aren't too pushy and it is a really great atmosphere. You can even sample the local delicacy - roasted spiders! If you are up for a challenge and getting amongst the locals there is a local food market that runs off the main street - you are not really going to buy anything there, but you can take some interesting photos, even if the locals give you some strange looks and smiles! Just outside of Phnom Penh are 2 rather depressing remnants of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the mid-late 1970s. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng (S21), the Khmer Rouge prison, now a museum. I think a visit to the above places are essential get an understanding what the Cambodian people went through, but also to see how they have rebuilt their lives and country to what it is today. I found the best way to see both in the 1 day is by hiring a motorbike driver, as the road is pretty rough and by car it is slower and means more potholes! So there is Phnom Penh in a nutshell! The people are fantastic, gentle, friendly and will always give you a smile. Depending on which way you go, if you head to Siem Reap, take the boat across Tonle Sap lake. It takes about 6-7 hours, but it is a great way to see the lake, chat to other travellers or just read a book. Tour Operator: None - Independant
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5-Star Hotels
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Frangipani Villa | * * * * * |
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