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Phnom Penh itinerary

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If you look for things to do in Phnom Penh or places to visit in Phnom Penh,I hope this post is helpful for you as I wrote this after our experience in recent Cambodia,Phnom Penh holiday!This is the list of top things to do in phnom penh although there are many other activities available.

Besides checking out Phnom Penh’s many rich historical and cultural sites, there are many other things to do in Phnom Penh. For example, there are many shops where you can buy many unique and exciting items. For food lovers, there are many places to enjoy a unique dining experience. And, for those who want to indulge them at a spa, Phnom Penh has numerous exciting spas that offer excellent service. Best of all, Phnom Penh has a very vibrant nightlife.

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If you are looking for exciting things to do in Phnom Penh, then make it a point to set aside a couple of days to explore the city and all that it has to offer. The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda are obviously at the top of everyone’s wish list. There are also places like Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the infamous Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Other places of interest include the National Museum and the Russian Market.

Besides visiting these places you should also enjoy the traditional performance called Plae Pakaa/Fruitful, which you can see at the National Museum. The Angkoria-era ruins are another item to include on things to do in Phnom Penh. Though these ruins are not exactly in the city, they do lie pretty close by and hence can be included in your itinerary.

If you wish to explore the city, then you can hire a tuk tuk easily. Having a city tour on a cyclo is another option. Among all these options you can even enjoy walking tour around the city to get a better close-up look at this amazing city of Cambodia. As Tuk tuks are commonly available for really cheap rates, it is always easy to hire a tuk tuk driver who is also a guide to take you to places like Toule Sleng and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields.

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We always loved city tour by Tuk Tuks.That’s the easiest transport mode in Phnom Penh.

Among the many things to do in Phnom Penh, below are the major attractions and must visit places in Phnom Penh.

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Visit The National Museum
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National Museum Phnom Penh – Inner Courtyard

The National Museum houses some very important Khmer artifacts. In fact, there are more than 5000 objects there including the statues from the Angkorian era. Be sure to also check out the Leper King statue and the gigantic eleventh century Vishnu statue, which is made out of bronze. Admission to the National Museum costs 5 dollars and the museum is open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening everyday.

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Admire The Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace is situated on Sothearos Blvd on the riverfront side between 240 Street and 184 Street. This palace is considered as the home to the King. This is the venue where various court ceremonies take place.  Royal Palace is the symbol of the Kingdom of Cambodia. So, don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Royal Palace when you are in Phnom Penh.

After King Nordom and the French protectorate relocated it to Phnom Penh from Oudong in 1866, the Royal Palace has become an excellent symbol of the Kingdom. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is attached to the palace and is a very unique pagoda. Cost of admission to the Palace is about 6.25 dollars.

Spend time at the Wat Phnom
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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom is renowned for being the place where the capital city of Cambodia (Phnom Penh) was first founded. According to legend, Lady Penh successfully fished a floating Koki tree from the river. The tree contained various Buddhist statues. Lady Penh built a hill (penh in Cambodian language) along with a tiny temple (wat) at this site. Cost of admission to Wat Phnom is one dollar per person.

Glance the Independence Monument
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Independence Monument

The Independence Monument was established on the 9th of November 1962 to celebrate the country’s independence from foreign rulers. Well-known architect Vann Molyvann constructed it. Today, it is a symbol of the people who died while fighting for the independence of their country.

Walk along The River Front

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The River Front is home to many important cultural sites. It is also home to numerous pubs and restaurants as well as shops that each overlooks the place where the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers converge.

Walking along the river front can be exciting in the evening while indulging in a restaurant along the river Front area. You will find many food choices and pubs in this area. Having accommodation near to River Front area will be great as most other major attractions are in walking distance to river side.

Don’t forget the River Cruises
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River Cruise in Phnom Penh

It makes sense to take a river cruise on the Tonle Sap River. Most cruises last for between one and two hours and provide you with an opportunity to view the picturesque Royal Palace as well as the city’s skyline.

A sunset river cruise can be really interesting. During the holiday which we were in Phnom Penh, we enjoyed all these views and it was really exciting experience in Cambodia!

Visit Choeung Ek Memorial or The Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge killed large numbers of Cambodians and dumped their dead bodies at the many killing fields that are scattered in different parts of the country. Before 1975, Choeung Ek was a cemetery that held dead bodies of Chinese people. However, it became a killing field and became the site where more than 17000 people including children were executed. Cost of admission to the Killing Fields is 6 dollars.

Although you will not get excited by visiting the killing fields of Phnom Penh, it will be a place to find the recent history of the country.

Visit Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

Before 1975 Toul Sleng was a high school but after the Khmer Rouge got power they converted it into a jail and interrogation facility. Here inmates were tortured and subsequently executed.

Shop at Central Market, Russian Market and Night Market
Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia
Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia

The traditional markets in Phnom Penh include the Central Market, Russian Market and the Night Market. There are many other markets too which you can explore to find the local lifestyle .These markets are open from sunrise to sunset. Other than these places make sure to check out the traditional dance performance at the National Museum.

Visit Wat Langka

Wat Langka lies close to Independence Monument and is one of the original pagodas of the country. This temple is also a place for ceremonies and events. If you visit the independence monument, don’t forget to visit this Buddhist temple which is located just few meters away.

Experience the Buddhist Culture at Wat Ounalom
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Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Wat Ounalom is a sprawling wat (pagoda) that lies in the very center of the riverfront district and is home to a number of golden temples and large sized stupas. Also popular as eyebrow temple, this Buddhist temple is a must see attraction in Phnom Penh.

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Above are some of the must see attractions in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There are many other attractions and activities that you can do during your holiday in this capital city of Cambodia. As we travelled with our kid, we also visited Kids City Asia which is the best kids attraction in Phnom Penh. We stayed in Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel which is friendly, comfortable and located near to most of the attractions.

Have you been to Phnom Penh,Cambodia?Check our Phnom Penh itinerary if you plan a holiday in Phnom Penh!

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We are just after a short trip to Phnom Penh Cambodia. So I want to share our Phnom Penh Itinerary before I forget some details. 🙂 Cambodia was in our bucket list from a long time; however our first plan was to visit Siem Riep, which is one of the popular destinations in Cambodia. But, with many reasons, finally we decided to choose Phnom Penh for this short holiday which was just 4 days in Cambodia. Till I write more details about Phnom Penh city and things to do in Phnom Penh in detail, here is our itinerary which was really relaxed and enjoyable. Instead of visiting many attractions in Phnom Penh, we wanted to make this trip a relaxing holiday which gives more time for our kid to enjoy with us.

Past few months were busy for us. We are just after a holiday in Sri Lanka. We even experienced a  five days itinerary around Singapore. So, it was bit tiresome and we didn’t want to walk around a lot.But we wanted to visit another country too!

After getting our Cambodia visa from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore, we started planning our trip. We booked our flight tickets from Jet Airways which is a popular budget airline. Although it says Jet Airways is popular as a budget airline, actually it was not budgeted with quality as we expected. We were bit nervous with our flight experience as this was the first time we travelled through a budget airline. It was easier for us to save some money from the services which we don’t want to use such as checked luggage. Overall we had great experience with Jet Airways flight to Phnom Penh.

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Our kid enjoyed his time at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.It is located in walking distance to most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Our hotel stay for the 3 nights was Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh and that’s the best selection we did for our trip. The hotel is strategically located near the most of the popular attractions in Phnom Penh such as Royal Palace, Museum, Riverside and Wat Ounalum. We could walk to these places in few minutes and therefore we didn’t feel much tired with our 3 years old kid.

We could enjoy good food, beautiful views and friendly staff during our stay at the Frangipani Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Here is our sample itinerary for 4 days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. However, I don’t want to add timing or even having meal here as these are common things to do in any place.

Our Cambodia,Phnom Penh itinerary for 4 days 3Nights with the kid

Day 1: (Arrival Day)

Walk along the Riverfront area (Sisowath Quay)

Day 2

Morning : National Museum

Afternoon: The Royal Palace

Evening: The Kids City Asia

Day 3

Morning:

Wat Phnom

Phsar Thmey

City Tour with views of PhnomPenh Floating Port, Night Market and other street views (Tuk Tuk ride)

Afternoon:

Wat Ounalom

Souvenir shopping

City Views

Night:

Dinner at roof top restaurant of the Frangipani Royal Hotel with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River

Day 4:  (Departure Day)

Visit to the Independence Monument and Wat Langka

City tour including the views of Architectural buildings, Royal Palace Park

Here is our detailed itinerary. Hope these pictures from the capital of Cambodia will make you wanting to visit Phnom Penh soon!

Cambodia, Phnom Penh Itinerary in Detail

Day 1

We reached Phnom Penh airport at around 3.30 pm. Then we used a taxi to reach the hotel. Cost of the taxi was US$12.Finding a taxi was not difficult. There are taxi drivers at the outside the airport and they reached us regarding our transport.

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Our room at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel was comfortable.We love this pretty look.

After relaxing sometime in the hotel room, we went out. We walked along the Sisowath Quay with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River.

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Riverfront view (Evening walk along the Sisowath Quay)

The statue of Techo Meas and Techo Yort is one of the first attractions we found in Sisowath Quay when we just started walking along the riverside. We were fortunate to view sunset with the views of Wat Ounalom while we were walking. The streets were busy with traffic and we noticed lot of motor bikes in this beautiful city.

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Sunset over Wat Ounalom

 

Day 2

In our day 2 of the Phnom Penh trip, we actually wanted to keep our kid happy and calm. We didn’t carry his stroller as we found Phnom Penh is not stroller friendly. So we wanted to plan the day with kids friendly attractions to keep kid happy while we exploring Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum are just opposite to our hotel. So we decided to visit these major attractions during the day. We had plans to visit the Kids City Asia at the evening to spend happy hours with our kid.

After our breakfast at the Frangipani Royal Hotel, we walked to the National Museum. The National Museum Building itself is just beautiful and attractive. We spent among the historical exhibits. As we are Buddhists and from Sri Lanka which is another Asian Country with lot of historical attractions related to Buddhism, we could find some similarities in the exhibits and we enjoyed the place much. Our son had good time walking along the museum and at the indoor garden.

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Front view of Phnom Penh National Museum.We included this in to our second of Phnom Penh itinerary

We also wanted to watch the cultural show at the National Museum, however finally we decided not to buy tickets. Do you know why? We were in doubt of watching the cultural show with a kid. We were in doubts of him screaming and disturbing the others who watch the show. Anyway we could listen to the Khmer music while we were at the Royal Palace. That was one of best experiences we had in Phnom Penh.

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You can buy tickets for the cultural show at the front of the National Museum of Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Well, back to our itinerary in Phnom Penh!

After visiting the National Museum, we returned to our hotel room and refreshed. On our way to the hotel room, we always experienced the street views and the views of the park opposite to the Phnom Penh National Museum which is Veal Preah Man Park. This park is really beautiful with men facing the four directions. However we didn’t enter into the park in anytime during our stay. Later we found that this park which is also next to the Royal Palace was used for cremation of the late King’s body.

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Royal Palace -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

The Royal Palace is open for public for limited time durations. It is open from 8am to 11am in the morning and from 2pm to 5pm in the afternoon. We refreshed ourselves and visited the Royal Palace in the afternoon when it was opened at 2pm.The Royal Palace is a magnificent place with beautiful buildings. There are different pavilions and buildings at the Royal Palace which are open for the public.

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Silver Pagoda

The silver Pagoda is one of the must see when you are in the Royal palace premises. We were amazed with all these beautiful structures and buildings.

We ended our day 2 in Phnom Penh making our kid excited. That’s the best kids friendly attraction in Phnom Penh. That is our visit to the Kids City Asia!

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Our son enjoyed his time at the Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh.It is the best kids friendly attraction we found in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Not only for the kids, there are other attractions such as riding go karts and lazer tag. We had around 3 hours before it closes for the day. Among all the activities we can do at the Kids City Asia, our son loved his time at the Toddler Town. Finally we experienced riding go karts. That was so much fun!

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Fun with Go Kart riding at the Kids City Asia – Phnom Penh

Oh poor boy ended the day with crying. He wanted to spend more time with these activities. But we had to face the truth that we were there for few days trip.

If you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, then don’t forget to experience the activities at this edutainment Centre. It’s so much fun!

Day 3

It is our last day to visit other attractions before we leave Phnom Penh. We decided to visit Wat Phnom which is the founding place of city Phnom Penh.(As per legends)

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Starting another day in Phnom Penh! City tour by a Tuk Tuk is fun and it is the best way to explore the city with views of many attractions.

Hiring a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh is not that difficult. There are tuk tuks parked along the streets and most of the time we came out from the hotel, the drivers reached us offering their taxi service. To visit Wat Phnom , we hired a tuk tuk and the cost was $3.

Wat Phnom is a beautiful temple located in a hilly area. Inside the temple is full of Buddha statues while outside of the temple building is with beautiful structures and carvings.

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View of Wat Phnom (A must visit attraction in Phnom Penh Cambodia)

After spending time visiting Wat Phnom , we decided to visit the Central Market which is also known as Phsar Thmey. As one of the landmarks in Phnom Penh, this Central Market is popular for its unique building structure. It is a wonderful place to buy anything from fresh vegetables, flowers to gems and jewelry.

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Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia.The beautiful building makes this market as a unique landmark in Phnom Penh

After our lunch at an Indian restaurant located in the Riverfront area, we visited the Wat Ounalom which is another major attraction in Phnom Penh.

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Inside of the Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

We didn’t forget to buy some souvenirs from a shop located near street 178

 

Day 4

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Day 4 of our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary…It is time to leave.I really attracted to the flower arrangements of the Royal Palace Hotel.Those were really simple,yet elegant!

It is time for departure. We loved our stay in Phnom Penh. Especially we can’t forget the friendly people we met during our stay. The hotel staff at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel was amazingly friendly. They tried their best to keep us happy during our stay in Phnom Penh. The Tuk Tuk drivers and the tour guides we met around the city were polite and friendly. They tried to help us to visit more attractions during the short period of our stay. But it is time to say good bye!

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Independence Monument -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Before reaching the Phnom Penh Airport, we visited the Independence Monument and Wat Langka which are other attractions in Phnom Penh.

The hotel staff helped us to arrange a taxi to reach the airport and we could visit Independence Monument and Wat Langka before reaching the airport. Cost for this taxi ride was $12.

Finally, it was an amazing tour to another Southeast Asian Country. We will visit Cambodia again. Still Siem Reap is in our bucket list.

And,we didn’t forget to capture our family photo at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.I am addicted to photo books.So,this photo will go to our year in review photo book this year! 🙂

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Just before leaving the Frangipai Royal Palace Hotel – Phnom Penh,Cambodia (A family photo for our Year in Review Photo Book)

There are lot of city views and detailed posts to write. Till that, enjoy reading our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary!

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