I arrived in Phnom Penh around 3PM from Siem Reap. Phnom Penh is an exciting city. Compared to what I initially thought, it is more advance and is rapidly developing. The hostels are priced well.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. Ever since the French colonization of the country, the city has been the capital of the country. It is the center for commercial and political affairs of the country. There are still French colonial buildings around.
Since I only spent 24 hours in the city, I am sharing how I did it with more walk than riding tuk-tuk.
Why Phnom Penh?
Visiting Siem Reap will give you pretty much cultural and pre-historic look of Cambodia. Phnom Penh will show you how this country built its recent past. If you are interested in politics and societal power, Phnom Penh will definitely interest you. Just be sure that when you go to Phnom Penh you will widen your understanding.
How did I get to Phnom Penh?
There is no direct flight from Manila to Phnom Penh.
You have these options:
Fly in to Siem Reap. I rode a bus, Mekong Express, from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. I left Siem Reap early morning, and took a 6hr ride to PP. (Most recommended since no crossing of border)
Fly in to Singapore, then fly in to Phnom Penh.
Fly in to Ho Chi Minh, then ride a van/bus to Phnom Penh.
3PM – 7PM: Downtown Tour: Streetfood, Royal Palace, Mekong River Walk and Sunset, National Assembly (I didn’t go here), National Museum (I didn’t go here)
9AM – 11AM: Cheong Uk Killing Field
1100-1130AM: Back to PP Center (Tuol Sleng)
1130-1230: Lunch near Tuol Sleng
1230-200PM: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
In Pictures and Description!
Begin walking from your hostel to the Tonle Sap River. It can be easily identified on your map.
After some tedious walking, I opted to rest in one of the restaurants beside the Royal Palace. Then the dark started to bite. I headed back to my hostel, and on my way back, I finally had the chance to capture these monuments at night.
Upon reaching my hostel, I searched for a place to eat but ended up on a convenience store sipping a cup of noodles. After this, you can go to their clubs by asking tuk-tuks. Just be mindful that tuk-tuks can go costly late night. The tuk-tuk drivers are generally nice. As for me, I just took a look of the clubs since I got really tired of the long walks, and I was reserving my energy for tomorrow’s big buckets.
Before beginning your day, you may want to read first the following: