Travel Tips Phnom Penh

Getting Around within Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is a large city but getting around is relatively easy.

Although, with a current population of around 2 Million ppl, there is no official public transport. But typical of the region the following modes of transport are most common:

Tuk Tuk | These 3 wheeled, motor driven vehicles are a fun way to get around the city. Best to negotiate price before accepting the ride. Payment is made at the end. While travelling make sure you keep all your valuables and belongings well withing the vehicle to avoid tempting opportunistic bag snatchers (this is a common occurrence targeting tourists and locals alike so use common sense).

 

Moto | If going a short distance, one option is hitching a ride on a motorbike. Typically cheaper than a Tuk Tuk, but safety wise more risky as a helmet is often not provided for the passenger. Again, agree on price before accepting the ride.

 

Bicycle | Most locals pedal around the city. Phnom Penh can be a chaotic city in terms  of traffic. However if you intend to reach the outskirts this may be a pleasant mode of transport. When renting the bicycle you’ll be given a helmet and bike chain. Make sure you secure the helmet and bicycle when parked to avoid theft.

Travel Tips Phnom Penh

Main Sights in Phnom Penh

Here’s our recommended list of must see sights:

Royal Palace | Built in 1866 by King Norodom, this majestic white and gold structure is indeed a sight to see.  Being the formal residence of the King, most sections are closed to public. The main attraction for tourists is the impressive Silver Pagoda (named after its shiny silver floor tiles). There is also the Chan Chaya Pavilion (where Cambodian Traditional Dances are performed on special occasions) and Throne Hall (used for coronation ceremonies) to explore. It is located on Sothearos between Street 240 & 184.

Note: Dress code applies. If wearing shorts, it must reach knee length, and tops must cover the elbow. Otherwise there are rental coverings.

Admission: $3 USD to Royal Palace, (camera and video use will cost additional $2 USD and $5 USD) Open daily, 7:30-11:00 & 2:30-5:00.

National Museum | Just north of the Royal Palace (on St 178 & 13), the National Museum displays an impressive collection of Khmer artifacts dating back to 6th century.

 

Admission: $2 USD. Open daily 8:00-11:30 & 2:00-5:00.

Wat Phnom | An active pagoda (St 96 and Norodom Blvd) marking the legendary hill where Phnom Penh (Phnom means hill, and Penh is the name of the lady who built the wt) was founded.

 

Admission: $1 USD. Open daily.

Tuol Sleng Museum | A former High School, turned into a prison and torture camp during the years of the Khmer Rouge also known as S-21. As harrowing an experience it may be, a visit to this museum will give insight of the suffering and pain experienced during those terrible years. It is located on  the corner of Street 113 & Street 350 and is about a 10 minute walk from Envoy Hostel.

Admission: $ 2 USD. Open every day, including holidays, 8am-5pm (Closed for lunch)

Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) | Originally orchard fields and a Chinese cemetery, became known as the killing fields from 1975 during the reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge. 15km southwest of Phnom Penh (On Monireth 8.5 km past the bridge at St 2) best reached by Tuk Tuk.

Note: Annually on May 9 a special memorial is held at Choeung Ek.

Admission: $ 6 USD. Open every day, including holidays, 7.30 am-5.30pm

 

Travel Tips Phnom Penh