Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital, is one of Asia’s most unusual and interesting cities. On the banks of the mighty Mekong River, at its confluence with the Tonle Sap, the city is the heart and soul of Cambodia and embodies the countries relationship with water, never more so than during the November Water Festival.
The wild west of Cambodia during the war years, the city maintains a unique vibrancy and provides a fascinating contrast between old and new. Abandoned during the Khmer Rouge period and with very little development during the civil war years that followed, Phnom Penh has (so far) avoided the mass modern high rise development of other SE Asian cities. However, the wide boulevards are awash with motos and 4x4’s. This contrast, along with the Palaces, markets, temples and eclectic mix of colonial and Cambodian architecture makes strolling around or taking a cyclo an interesting experience.
We recommend a guided day trip around the city which includes an afternoon at the Tuol Sleng Museum and the ‘Killing Fields’. Whilst chilling and very upsetting, this is an essential part of understanding what happened in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot years. If you would rather avoid that part of Cambodia then please let your travel consultant know and we will be happy to leave it out of the itinerary.
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Hotels in Phnom Penh and The South
Sokha Beach, Sihanoukville
Sokha Beach is a large and luxurious beach-side resort with its own private beach in Sihanoukville on the south coast of Cambodia.
The 252, Phnom Penh
Great value, contemporary boutique hotel close to the main attractions of Phnom Penh.
White Mansion, Phnom Penh
Modern hotel in a beautiful building with excellent facilities in the heart of Phnom Penh.
1960s hotel restored to its former glory on the top of a forested headland
Knai Bang Chatt, Kep
Wonderfully restored 1960s villas, set in a beautiful garden looking out to sea
Champa Lodge, Kampot
Unique riverside property on the outskirts of Kampot with traditional stilted houses and a great range of activities