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Phnom Penh Holidays

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Phnom Penh Holidays

Legend has it that the city of Phnom Penh, the exotic 'Pearl of the Orient', was founded in 1372 by a local widow named Penh. It is said that she discovered four Buddha statues that had been washed up by the waters from the Mekong River and erected a temple on the hill to house them, believing that their arrival was a sign of great luck and prosperity to come. And so the city grew around this structure, becoming known as the Hill of Penh (Phnom Penh).

Phnom Penh boasts a number of Wats (temple-monasteries), museums and other places of interest for tourists, as well as sunset cruises on the Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers, and a bustling marketplace. The city is known for having a fun nightlife, with a proliferation of cheap and cheerful bars. The cafe culture and tasty Cambodian cuisine also ensure that foodies are well-catered for. There has been a recent boom in development, with new hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs springing up to cater for Cambodia's growing popularity with travellers, and the city is increasingly seen as a worthy travel destination in itself rather than just the most convenient entry point for a Cambodian holiday.

A day or two of traditional sightseeing is very worthwhile in this old and exotic city, but travel itineraries should also include some of the popular activities on offer: river cruises are a must; some people come from very far away to test out heavy weaponry at the famous shooting ranges, and cooking classes are a fond favourite with foodies wanting to learn a new skill. Phnom Penh also lends itself to leisurely hours spent soaking up the cafe culture on the banks of the river, watching the world go by.


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Top 5 Things To Do

Royal Palace - Richly ornamented Palace building built in 1866 home to the king of Cambodia.
National Museum of Cambodia - Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and is the country's leading historical and archaeological museum. Home to traditional Khemer art and religious artifacts.
Silver Pagoda - Named for it's silver tiled floors and buddhas this temple complex is located in the royal palace in Phnom Penh.
Independence Monument - Iconic tower built in 1958 to memorialise Cambodia's independence from France in 1953.
Central Market - Large indoor market housing countless stalls with a wide range of goods.


When to Visit

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  • Currency The official currency is the riel
  • Flying time from the UK The average flight time from London to Phnom Penh is around 14 hours
  • Primary Language Khmer
  • Passport & Visas Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. Tourist visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports. You can also get an eVisa online before you travel.