Phnompenh Destination

Royal Palace

The capital of the kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is located at the confluence of three rivers - the mekong, the Bassac and tonle Sap. The beauty that made it a 'paris of the east' before 1970 is unfortunately well hidden, though there are few french colonial buildings remaining. phnom penh can be an assault on the senses - motorbikes whiz through the backstreets without a thought for pedestrians; pungent scents float up from stalls and markets; and all the while the sound of life, reverberates all around. But this is all part of the attraction, it’s not just another metropolis; it is an older Asia that many dreamed of when first planning their adventures overseas.

Phnom penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough to appreciate the city's attractions. Visit the Silver pagoda of the Royal palace, the national museum of Art’s has paintings, artifacts and sculpture dating back centuries and Wat Phnom, the temple from which the city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery of the city's past.

Arrival

ARRIVAL:

+ Phnom Penh International Airport: The Phnom Penh International Airport sits about 9 km (30-60 minutes) from the city center.
+ Phnom Penh Ferry Port. River ferries arriving from Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City dock at the Phnom Penh ferry Port on Sisowath Quay Blvd (the riverfront road) near Street 104.
+ Arrival by Bus: There is no centralized bus station in Phnom Penh. Buses from different companies arrive/depart differet stations around the city.

Attractions

ATTRACTIONS:

The Royal Palace - The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings, even though it is generally understood to be the royal abode of the King of Cambodia. The compound was the citadel of King Ponhea Yat (1393-1463) and rebuilt to its present state in 1886, when King Norodom (1834-1904) relocated the royal capital from Oudong to Phnom Penh. The buildings with beautiful towering spires are a great example of classic Khmer architecture found in Cambodia today.
 
Silver Pagoda - Originally a wooden structure, the palace was initially constructed in 1892 during the reign of King Norodom, but rebuilt to its present grandeur by King Norodom Sihanouk in 1962. The king spared no effort to make this a true embodiment of brilliant Khmer art. More than 5300 pcs of 1.125 kilo silver tiles are used to cover the floor of the Silver Pagoda, and the silver pieces collectively weigh over six tons.
National Museum - is the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. It was officially inaugurated by King Sisowat in 1920.
The buildings are inspired by Khmer temple architecture and house more than 14,000 items. The National Museum contains the world’s largest collection of Khmer art, including sculpture, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects dating from prehistoric times to periods before, during, and after the Khmer Empire.
Independence Monument -  built in 1958 as a memorial to Cambodia's war dead and to celebrate independence from foreign rule, the monument stands majestically on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city.
Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields) - located about 17km south of Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek was once an orchard and a Chinese graveyard. It was used by the Khmer Rouge regime as an execution ground to put down thousands of people between 1975 and 1979. The site is now better known as the Killing Fields. Mass graves containing thousands of bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Many of the dead were former inmates in the Tuol Sleng prison.
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) - Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school. When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison and interrogation facility. Inmates were systematically tortured to extract confessions, after which they were executed at the killing fields of Choeung Ek. S-21 processed over 17,000 people, less than a dozen of whom survived. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Wat Phnom -  the namesake and symbol of the capital city of Phnom Penh, sets prominently atop an artificial 27 meter hill (or 'Phnom') in the northeastern section of the city.
Psar Thmey (Central Market) -  is a unique colonial style building constructed in 1937. The location where the Central Market now sits was once a swamp area and occupied by a lake known as Beng Decho. Today, this beautiful market has become a prominent landmark in Phnom Penh. In the Khmer language, Phsar Thmey literally means ‘New Market’
Psar Toul Tum Poung (Russian Market) - Toul Tum Poung market is often referred to as the Russian market because of its popularity among Russian expatriates during the 1980s. This market is popular to collectors of genuine antiques; also for those looking for good reproductions.

Night Market - located in front of the Phsar Chas (Old Market) near the riverside, is perpetually crowded with tourists in search of a good bargain. At the moment, there are more than 150 stalls selling an array of items from clothing and ornaments to furniture and souvenirs. The entire setting of the Phnom Penh night market is made from natural material, and there are occasionally music performances and entertainment acts. 

River Front - offers some of the city’s most interesting sites including dozens of pubs, galleries, cafés, restaurants and shops that sit along one side of Sisowath Quay overlooking the Chaktomuk (the confluence of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers). 

River Cruise - Tourist boats of varying size and quality wait along the riverfront, usually between Street 144 and Street 130, and at the Passenger Port near Street 104. In the evening, the riverside along Sisowath Quay offers many night cruises up and down the Mekong River, some with dinner included. These cruises can be quite a romantic experience and best of all, they're usually very affordable.

Ounalom Monastery  - The origin of the Ounalom Pagoda can be traced to as far back as the 15th Century. It was built in 1422 by King Ponyea Yat, the last king of the Khmer empire. It is one of the five original monasteries in Phnom Penh that King Ponhea Yat had built. 

Visas & Entry

VISAS & ENTRY:

A passport with at least 6 month validity is required. A visa is required for most nationalities. One-month visas are AVAILABLE ON ARRIVAL at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, through Cambodian embassies and at many border crossings. Tourist visa: US$20. Business visa: US$25. Two 4x6 photos is required. Tourist visas can be extended for one month, but only one time.

Climate & Weather

CLIMATE & WEATHER:

Practically speaking, Cambodia has four seasons: 1) November - February: cool/dry; 2) March-May: hot/dry; 3) June-August: hot/rainy; 4) September-October: cool/rainy. Mid-day temperaturs range from about 32-37 degree celcius. The heat should begin to subsidise by September. The monsoon rains will continue into early October and ordinarily follow a fairly regular daily pattern of dry mornings with a good change of rain the afternoon.

*source: Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia

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