Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh lures visitors with its ancient relics and temples, deep and turbulant history and modern day energy.

Phnom Penh’s complicated and brutal history makes it a fascinating place to visit. Wander the streets and witness a city that is slowly bouncing back from decades of turmoil. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia and later the headquarters of the French colonial administration. In 1975 it was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and subject to years of brutal rule, before the Vietnamese toppled the regime in 1979.

Today it is the economic and political capital of Cambodia and is home to some of its most spectacular temples and harrowing museums. You’ll see bustling street markets, wild traffic, and buildings from throughout its history. Check out Wat Phnom to see the temple that gave the city its name. For a look at some of its more impressive structures, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Wander through immaculately-maintained gardens, among gold and crystal Buddha statues, and over silver floors.

To see more ancient temples, visit Wat Sarawan or Wat Ounalom. Brush up on your local history with some time at the National Museum of Cambodia. There are statues and artifacts from the Angkorian era and beyond. Anyone looking to understand the country’s troubled recent past should head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Inside the school Pol Pot converted into the infamous S-21 Prison, you’ll see moving exhibits and what remains of the cramped cells.

Take a trip out to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek to learn more. There are pits where murdered prisoners were buried, as well as a Buddhist stupa packed with victims’ skulls.

Back in the city, take a trip to the art deco Central Market. Shop for everything from clothes and jewellry to flowers. For a nice evening stroll, head to Sisowath Quay. There are some good restaurants, decent cafés, and a few bars.

Duong Chan Hotel
Duong Chan Hotel
4 out of 5
278, Building 21, Boeun Keng Kang 1, Kham Boeun Keng Kang, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM167 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Located in Chamkar Mon, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Independence Monument. Orussey Market and Central Market ...
Duong Chan Hotel
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM228 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and NagaWorld Casino are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (222 reviews)
"Great place to stay, clean room and helpful staffs."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2021

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Lyve Inc Hotel
Lyve Inc Hotel
4 out of 5
26, Street 228 corner 55, Chaktomuch, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM204 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Independence Monument, Central Market and National Museum of Cambodia. Riverside and Royal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Classy and quiet
"Very nice and clean. It was a short stay so did not get a chance to explore the hotel. Quiet and had a great sleep."

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2020

Lyve Inc Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
3.5 out of 5
#79, Street 105, Boeung Keng Kang II, Phnom Penh, Chamkarmon
The price is RM168 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Located in Chamkar Mon, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Central Market and Tuol Tom Pong Market. Riverside is 1.4 mi ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
"Book 1 room apartment but given 2 bedroom . Balcony facing very dusty road . No washing machine . Need to control water flow when showering because water drain very slow . No restaurant , but has a kitchen with minimum cooking utensils for very simple cooking . There is a fridge , tv , iron and ironing ..."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

Residence 105 Hotel & Apartment
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
10B, St. 264, Sangkat Chaktomok, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM228 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and NagaWorld Casino are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (222 reviews)
"Great place to stay, clean room and helpful staffs."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2021

Palace Gate Hotel & Residence
Sky Tree Hotel by New World Hospitality
Sky Tree Hotel by New World Hospitality
3.5 out of 5
St.105, Sangkat Toul Sangke, Khan Russey Keo, Phnom Penh
The price is RM188 per night from 3 Dec to 3 Dec
Located in Russey Keo, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Wat Phnom, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Royal Palace and Independence Monument. Tuol Sleng Genocide ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"The gym and pool were the best parts of my stay! I picked this hotel because it was close to the main road from the airport but was surprised at how many different facilities it had. It has a complete gym with everything I needed and it was mostly empty. Probably because most other guests were on ..."

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2021

Sky Tree Hotel by New World Hospitality
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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