6 Things to Do in Phnom Penh That You Shouldn't Miss

October 7, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Budget-minded travelers will appreciate Phnom Penh's reasonably priced hotel rooms (several top-rated hotels on TripAdvisor offer rooms around $40/night). Explore the city's temples, palaces, and the remnants of its French colonial history. Just outside the city, the The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) are a reminder of Cambodia's tragic past-- a somber contrast to the booming city of today.
Restaurants in Phnom Penh

1. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Roluos Village, Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh, Cambodia +855 23 305 371
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.

Reviewed By MarkyMark383 - Cardiff, United Kingdom

Not as well known I think as the Holocaust but in some ways even more brutal and sad and distressing.
Just to try and imagine the hand to hand torture and killing that took place here. What an utter waste of human life and suffering.
You just ask yourself Why?
Situated about 15km south west of central Phnom Penh
A must see while in Phnom Penh together with S21.

2. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Street 113 | Corner of Street 113 & St 350, Phnom Penh 12304, Cambodia +855 23 665 5395
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

This former torture and detention center is now a museum dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge.

Reviewed By Charles K - Lakeway

This detention center which was formerly a school building is yet another example of the horrors which occurred in Cambodia during the era of the Khmer Rouge. According to data at the site some 17,000 people were tortured and killed at this site. Its superintendent Commander Dutch, is serving a sentence of life imprisonment after being convicted of crimes against humanity by a UN Tribunal. There are some people there who were actually imprisoned there and talking with them is a chilling experience. Not for the faint of heart, but a visit gives some insight into one of the darkest periods of human history.

3. Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre

#321 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia +855 77 657 678
Excellent
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4.5 based on 875 reviews

Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre

Daughters of Cambodia is a social Enterprise empowering victims of trafficking to leave the sex industry through alternative employment. At the Daughters Visitor Centre, visitors can gain insight into the endemic of trafficking that is ravaging Cambodia while learning more about what Daughters is doing to stop it. Moreover, visitors can actually participate in our work by frequenting one of the three social Enterprise businesses housed at the Visitor Centre — our fair-trade shop, cafe or women's spa — all of which provide former victims of trafficking with the vital income and skills to build thriving lives for themselves outside the horrors of the sex industry. To see the cafe's menu or a list of the spa's services, find the Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre on Facebook.If you have a large party, please call ahead of time to allow us to better accommodate you.

Reviewed By Raluca44 - Hong Kong, China

I had a pedicure which was around 8 dollars and my husband had a coffee waiting for me. There is a shop downstairs and the coffee shop and manicure and pedicure upstairs. They use the money to help victims of human trafficking. It is close to the Royal Palace next to the river.

4. Silver Pagoda

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Excellent
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4 based on 2 reviews

Silver Pagoda

Reviewed By George647 - Preston, United Kingdom

A wonderful visit to the Silver Pagoda.The architecture is sensational and it was a very informative trip led by a knowledgable tour guide. Early morning is agood time to miss the large coach parties.

5. Wat Langka

Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Excellent
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4 based on 118 reviews

Wat Langka

Reviewed By KGB777 - Singapore, Singapore

I visited around the middle of the day and so the buildings were all closed to visitors, but it was still possible to wander around the grounds and admire the exterior of the temples. All quite attractive and worth a visit when you're near the independence monument.

6. Bassac Lane

308 Off Street, Phnom Penh 12101, Cambodia +855 78 602 470
Excellent
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Bassac Lane

Situated in leafy Tonle Bassac, the once sleepy residential lane has been developed into a wonderfully exciting drinking, dining and retail phenomenon attracting expats, local Khmer and tourists alike every day of the week. No trip to Phnom Penh is complete without at least one visit to the boutiques and one night enjoying the bars and restaurants of Bassac Lane. Seibur - aperitif room Cicada - classic cocktail bar The Library - daiquiri bar Meat & Drink - bar • grill • conservatory Trove - gifts & homewares Harry's - antique shop & martini bar Hangar 44 - custom motorbike showroom & bar Paperdoll - clothing & accessories Dollshouse - hair salon Double D - eatery Masamune - eatery D.Wilkins - leather goods maker Enter Bassac Lane from street 308 which comes off Norodom Boulevard (Malis restaurant is on the corner). There is a paid parking site opposite Seibur where you can park your car, bicycle or motorbike, remember to get a ticket.

Reviewed By Dara-Khmer - Melbourne, Australia

After spending a lot of time in Phnom Penh stumbled into Bassac Lane and it’s a great little Gem that appears to be growing Some great restaurants both in the lane and along the road

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