There’s no shortage of things to do and see here, whether you’re interested in exploring ancient temples or immersing yourself in the local art scene. Here are some unmissable things not to miss!
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, or Security Prison 21 (S-21), in Phnom Penh, is a former high school that used to be one of the most brutal re-education camps in Cambodia, where thousands of people got killed and tortured.
It is a beautiful complex with lots of impressive Khmer architecture to explore. It’s the official residence of the Cambodian King and is a site of sacred importance, so cover your shoulders and knees before visiting, as you can’t get in otherwise.
You won’t find many tourists visiting these temples, so most of the time you will have them all to yourself. The most famous one is Wat Phnom, where Phnom Penh was allegedly founded in 1422.
My favourite neighbourhood for exploring is the riverfront, which is lovely for a stroll, but also great to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cold drink and visit some local markets, such as the old market (phsar chas) in the old French quarter.
If you are thirsty make sure to try delicious Khmer ice coffee, fresh sugarcane juice with lime or fresh coconut juice, all available from mobile drink carts for roughly $0.50.