Phnom Penh is the bustling capital of Cambodia. It was once a gem but was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. The city still maintains considerable charm with so much to see, from it’s Angkorian architecture and palaces to their amazing boulevards and more.
We visited all spots which were previously used as jails and killing areas like the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeng Ek Killing Fields and until now, I could still remember how most of these gave me goosebumps and took me back to the era of darkness and wars. I can’t help but feel sad for the victims of the past.
Yes, It may be dark but nevertheless, it was still an amazing experience for being able to see and experience their history and culture. I still recommend to come and see Phnom Penh now as it won’t be the same in the next few years.
HOW TO GET HERE FROM SIEM REAP?
Phnom Pehn is just 6 hours away from Siem Reap by land via bus. In Siem Reap, most buses arrive and depart from the Chong Kov Sou bus station near Phsar Leu, 7km from town center and you can just take a tuktuk to the Terminal to purchase a ticket. Be sure to do it first thing upon arrival in Siem Reap to make sure that you have a slot.
There are different kinds of buses available to choose from but we took the Olympic Express Limousine sleeper night bus which has one stop and socket is also provided in each bed for charging purposes. It was very comfortable! Plus they offer a free shower/comfort room where we were able to change our clothes and wash up before we left, and they also provide a free charging station and a free wifi. Amazing! It really saved us!
Bus Departure times to Phnom Penh are: 06:00, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 12;45, 13:00, 14:00, 23:30, 24:00. Until now, the bus to Phnom Penh needs 6 hours, including one or two breaks.
WHERE TO STAY?
The best place to stay in Phnom Pehn is the Pub Street where the backpackers usually stay. Here, you could find a lot of cheap hostels and some offers free breakfast. Plus it’s near resto’s and some of the tourist spots.
We stayed in Golden Home Guesthouse which we got for only $20 good for 4 pax. The room is located in the second floor, it’s airconditioned, spacious, with private comfort room and with TV. They also have a resto where you can eat.
HOW TO ROAM AROUND THE CITY?
Just like in Siem Reap, Phnom Pehn also uses Tuktuk as their major transportation. You may bargain for a whole day tour which we also did and that cost us $15 for 4 pax.
PLACES TO VISIT?
Most of their tourist spots will show you their history and culture. I suggest to visit them all to fully understand everything about the city. I am very sure that you will have goosebumps as well. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that all of the spots are the same, they also have their iconic temples, museums and palaces which you will surely love!
Since some of the spots displays confidential pictures and details, so you won’t be allowed to take photos and videos inside. That’s why I won’t be able to show you how it looks like.
1.Royal Palace Throne Hall/Silver Pagoda (Entrance fee $10)
2.National Museum (Entrance Fee $5)
3.Wat Lanka Temple , Independence Monument (Free entrance)
4.Riverfront Park or Russian Market to buy souvenirs ( Open 7AM-5PM)
5.Wat ouk na Lorm Temple (Free Entrance)
6.Wat Phnom with entrance fee, Elephant rides available $3
7.Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, (Entrance fee $3 but $6 if with stereo) (Pictures and videos not allowed)
8.Killing fields-Choeung Ek (1 hour away from Toul Sleng Museum) , with entrance fee $3 (Pictures and videos not allowed)
WHERE TO EAT?
We had lunch in Natalie Restaurant which is just few walk away from Toul Sleng Museum. I love this resto! They offer varieties of cambodian dishes and everything that we ordered tastes delicious.
HOW MUCH DID WE SPEND PER HEAD HERE?
Transportation – PHP 875 Hotel – PHP 250 Tickets/Entrance Fees – PHP 650 Food – PHP 362.50 Total = PHP 2,137.50
Here’s my itinerary to guide you well.
Phnom Pehn PDF
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