Phnom Penh is Cambodias busy capital. The vibrant and bustling capital is home to some of the most famous history in the world. By day the streets are filled with Tuk Tuk’s and beggars. In the evening it turns into a collaboration of bars and night life. Below are the things not be be missed on your trip to Phnom Penh.
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
The Cambodian Killing fields take you to where more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime. The most eye opening part of this place begins when you understand that this only happed in 1975 – 1979. Here you can listers to an audio book as you walk through the killing fields. Warning it is very emotional, especially seeing the 20,000 mass graves.
Location – Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre
Cost – $6 or $9 with audio
Tool Sleng Genocide Museum – S21 Museum
Connected to the Khmer Rouge Regime the S21 museum is a must do to get a clear understanding of what else happened during the Regime. Out of 14,000 people that where know to have entered the S-21 Prison, only 7 survived.
Location – Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Street 113
Cost – $3 or $6 with audio.
Visit Central market
There are many markets in and around Phnom Penh. The largest of them being central market. Here you are able to purchase anything. From Clothes, souvenirs even toiletries. The market is huge so allow a few hours to explore. Don’t forget to haggle on prices. Go in at 1/4 and expect to pay 1/3 or 1/2 of the asking price.
Location – Street 126
50% Off food in the Aeon mall.
Any budget travellers favourite thing is a good discount. Arrive at the food court around 7pm. 50% off is available on most fresh pastries, sandwiches and fresh hot food. Why not buy some extra pastries and stock up for breakfast the following day.
Location – Street 132
For any animal lovers head to street 102. Here you will see monkeys hanging from buildings and crossing the streets using the electrical cables. Don’t forget monkeys are cheeky. They might try and take your belongings. They are also wild. Do not touch them, just enjoy watching them in their daily life.
Location – Street 102
Like most places in South East Asia street food is a great way to enjoy the local dishes. Tasty Curry’s, soups and rice dishes are everywhere. You can pick up a tasty dish for just $1.