Phnom Penh once known as the Pearl of Asia is a hidden metropolis waiting to be explored. Interestingly Early colonisation by the French has influenced much of this city, with many beautiful French colonial buildings scattered throughout.
If French colonial architecture is your thing you need to visit Cambodia. Phnom Penh was colonised by the French and offers visitors a mixture of Cambodian hospitality with a French and Indo Chinese charm.
The mighty Mekong River and Tonle Sap River lay beside Phnom Penh. Relaxing on a sunset river cruise is the best way to spend an afternoon here while soaking up the sun with a cocktail in hand.
Popular with tourists and expats is the BKK1 Area, it is fondly referred to as the “foreigners quarter”. The BKK1 area and the river front offer the best resturants that Cambodia has to offer. A diverse range of dinning options will be found here such as French, Italian, Japanese, Cambodian, Chinese, just to name a few.
After you’ve had your fill at BKK1, why not take a stroll along the boutique shops of the tree lined street 240? Or make a visit to the royal palace and silver pagoda? Entry is $10 usd per person and a tour guide (should you desire) is an extra $10 usd.
Tip: a tour guide will give you an insight into the detailed history of the palace you really should take advantage of.
Tuk Tuks are the best way to get around Phnom Penh. A tourist can expect to pay 2-3 usd for short trips and 6-10 usd for longer trips. Thinking of Picking up some gifts for your mates back home? Why not Catch a tuk tuk to the Russian market or central market? you will be spoilt for choice with electronics, clothes, and jewellery, as well as souvenirs typical of Cambodian culture.
A very humbling but absolute must see is the genocide museum. Entry is only 3 usd and you will see and learn first hand about the horrific period where Cambodia was controlled by the Khmer Rouge Regime. Be prepared for an emotional day.
Accomodation on in Phnom Penh has all budgets covered. Many hotels and resorts include buffet breakfast which is a great way to start each day.
Popular Resorts to stay –
1 Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort – roof top infinity pool and bar
2 Sun & Moon Urban Hotel – infinity pool
3 The Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel- roof top pool
5 Patio Hotel & Urban Resort – infinity pool
6 Plantation Urban Resort & Spa
To wrap this up we say “Phnom Penh is the perfect balance to relax, party and shop for nicknacks”. It’s also the ideal place to go with a small group of friends if sipping cocktails and gossiping poolside is your thing, look no further than Cambodia.