Considered to be one of the most beautiful cites in South East Asia, Phnom Penh earned itself the title the ‘Pearl of Asia’ in the 1920s. The French colonial part of the city and its mix of architecture for example is a delight to explore.
Also known for its excellent shopping opportunities, the Russian Market is a firm favourite with visitors to the city. The intricate and imposing Grand Palace with its immaculate and vibrant gardens are perfect to spend a morning exploring, while the French-Khmer cuisine offered, from street stalls to fine dining is certainly one cultural element you should savour.
Whilst in Phnom Penh a private and sensitive tour to both the sobering Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields will give you an insight into the atrocities the people of this country suffered in the 1970s at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime. Visit the prison where they tortured, killed and filled mass graves with over 1.3 million people. Pay homage to this defining part of Cambodia’s history before exploring how the city is rebuilding itself and developing.
An important destination for all travellers looking to understand Cambodian culture. Make sure you visit this historical heart for an in-depth and intimate understanding of Cambodian resilience, as well as excellent Khmer cuisine.
What to do
- Learn about Cambodia’s harrowing past before exploring the cities bustling markets and eateries.
When to go
October to April is the best time to go to avoid the rain season (July to September).