What to do in Phnom Penh in one day

09:00 – The Villa Paradiso

09:30 – Russian Market

10:30 – Xotique Coffee & Bakery

11:00 – National Museum

12:30 – Friends The Restaurant

14:00 – Wat Phnom

16:00 – Nuk Cafe

17:00 – Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

18:30 – Phnom Penh’s Night Market

19:30 – Dinner at Romdeng

21:00 – Traditional Dance Show at Plae Pakaa Theater

22:30 – Le Moon Rooftop Bar

23:59 – Heart of Darkness

 

We mapped out your day trip in Phnom Penh

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Phnom Penh

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

The capital of Cambodia was once known as the “Pearl of Asia” due to the extensive French influenced buildings. During your Phnom Penh day trips, you’ll see the evident French details in must see buildings such as the Royal Palace, various churches, and the market Phsar Thom Thmei, but also notice the New Khmer Architecture with traditional Angkor features. The city is situated upon the Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers. With plenty of freshwater resources, be sure to sample some local fish, or take in a river festival. Venture outside the city to visit Kirirom National Park, a lush jungle park only a two-hours drive away

In Phnom Penh, check out the National Museum for historical and archaeological artifacts, then the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which used to be a Khmer Rouge prison. Huge cultural festivals are typical throughout the year, with major ones held in April, May, October, and November

You’ll find here a range of excellent and tasty food with a focus on Khmer and surprising French cuisines. Be sure to try some Ka tieu Phnom Penh, it’s the city’s version of the popular rice-noodle soup. You should try Slurp Khmer soups too, made with a variety of fresh vegetables and fish

Phnom Penh retains its own dialect of Khmer. Keep in mind some words require different pronunciation based on the speaker’s gender. “Yes” when a man speaks is “baht” (pronounced baT) with a hard “T.” A woman says, “Jah” (pronounced Ja)

Phnom Penh is hot for most of the year, with average temperatures ranging between 70 to 95 degrees. Humidity in this region can get dense as winds bring moisture from the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean, with heavy monsoons typical from May to October

Phnom Penh International Airport is only 4.3 miles from Phnom Penh’s center. Utilize a taxi for about 49,000 Cambodian riels) or take a moto for around 8,000 Cambodian riels. If you have time, take a tuk-tuk from the airport to the city center for about 20,000 Cambodian riels

The public transportation system in Phnom Penh isn’t spectacular. Other than buses to travel outside the city, the inner city lacks an organized bus service. Rely on your feet or cycle/motor rickshaws to navigate the streets. You can also rent a motor scooter or bicycle

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