Angkor Borei known as Phnom Da is a town in Takeo province in the area of several ruins and archaeological digs. The area has been continuously inhabited for at least 2500 years and has yielded artifacts dating from the Neolithic period, the Funan period (4th/5th century AD) and Chenla (8th century AD) as well as the […]
About an hour west of Phnom Penh, just off Route #5, lay the hills of the abandoned royal city of Oudong. Oudong was the capital of Cambodia from the early 17th century until 1866 when the capital was moved to Phnom Penh. Several temples, stupas, and other structures cover three hills.
Russian Market is of far less architectural interest but has a larger and more varied selection of souvenirs, curios, and silks than the Central Market. Like the Central Market, it has a good selection of silver, gold, and jewels, but also carries the huge selection of curios, silks, carvings, etc. The Russian Market offers the […]
What to see and do at Phnom Penh River Front? Phnom Penh River Front discovers some of Phnom Penh’s most important cultural sites, as well as dozens of pubs, restaurants, and shops sit along the picturesque park-lined riverfront overlooking the Chaktomuk – the confluence of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers. The Royal Palace, […]
Choeung Ek Memorial: Rising amid 129 mass graves (43 of which remain untouched) is a blinding white stupa memorializing the approximately 17,000 people executed here by the Khmer Rouge between mid-1975 and December 1978. Displayed on shelves behind the stupa’s glass panels are over 8000 skulls found during excavations here in
Why Wat Phnom? Occupying the city’s highest point, Wat Phnom is a quiet, shady and incense-infused respite. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four Buddha statues deposited here by the waters of the Mekong. These were discovered by a woman named Penh, hence the name Phnom […]
This Art Deco (called Psar Thmei in Khmer) behemoth, built in 1937, is a city landmark and, on any given day, a veritable anthill of activity. Phnom Penh Central Market’s building is a towering cruciform rotunda with four wings. The eastern entrance is the best spot to find T-shirts, hats, and all manner of trinkets […]
Within the Royal Palace compound is the extravagant Silver Pagoda, the floor of which is covered with five tons of gleaming silver. You can sneak a peek at some of the 5000 tiles near the entrance – most are covered to protect them. Rivalling the floor, an extraordinary Baccarat-crystal Buddha sits atop an impressive gilded […]
The Cambodia National Museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture. Located just north of the Royal Palace, the museum is housed in a graceful terracotta structure of traditional design (built 1917-20), with four courtyards facing a lush courtyard garden: the perfect backdrop to such an outstanding array of delicate objects. The most significant displays […]
Phnom Penh Night Market (Phsar Reatrey) locates on the riverfront, the best location in the capital city and it is aimed squarely at visitors and tourists, offering a wide and varied selection of the Cambodian handicrafts silk, art curios souvenirs, and more popular local products besides the Siem Reap old market. Moreover, visitors will have an […]
While walking down the corridors of the Tuol Sleng Museum, with their checked tile floors and cream walls, it’s not hard to imagine the site’s simple origins as the Tuol Svay Prey High School. However, delving into former classrooms shatters any illusion of normalcy.