6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, playing a crucial role in economy, politics and culture of this nation. Besides, it has also left a deep mark on tourists’ memory all over the world. That’s the reason why visitors often spend much time in Cambodia discovering this city. Now let’s take a tour around Phnom Penh to know more about interesting destinations in this city.

1. Royal Palace

Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings which serves as the residence of the king, king’s family and foreign guests. This is the place where protocols and Royal rituals take place.
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Royal Palace of Cambodia is both luxury and elegant
The highlight of this complex is a series of buildings modeled on the architecture of Angkor Wat, luxury and elegant. Coming here, you will have the chance to visit the place where the king holding the court, the prince palace, meeting room… But the most interesting thing is that you can meet a prince or princess by accident.

2. National Museum of Cambodia

Located in Phnom Penh, National Museum of Cambodia was designed and built from 1917 to 1920 in the style of traditional Khmer. This is where to store the most ancient archeological, religious and artistic works of Khmer (4th-13th century).
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
National Museum of Cambodia with the Khmer architecture
There are over 5000 samples displayed here, so it is symbolic of the country’s rich culture.

If tourists would like to discover the history and culture of Cambodia, this museum is a must-see place.

3. Wat Phnom

Situated in the central area of Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom is the oldest and most sacred temple of this city. It is constructed in 1373, being the symbol of spiritual culture of Cambodia.
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wat Phnom - The most sacred temple in Phnom Penh
Located at a height of 27m, this temple is also the highest religious structure. It is built by a wealthy widow called Daun Penh on a man-made hill.

Attached to the legend related to the beginning of Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom attracts a large number of Buddhists from many places in Cambodia. It is said to be a historical temple which cannot be missed.

4. Independence Monument

Located at the intersection between Norodom and Sihanouk Boulevard, Independence Monument is always on the list of tourist attractions in Phnom Penh.
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The impressive beauty of Independence Monument in Phnom Penh
This monument was built in 1958 by a famous Cambodian architect. It is not only a beautiful structure but also regarded as the place where sad memories of wartime are buried.

Independence monument is modeled after the shape of lotus – a featured image of Khmer culture. With the water fountain, artistic lighting system and purple in color, it becomes highly impressive at night.

5. Sisowath Quay

The renowned entertainment area in Phnom Penh is Sisowath Quay or often called the new Western Town of Phnom Penh. There are plentiful of bars, cafes, restaurants in this street.
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sisowath Quay - The bustling Western Town in Phnom Penh
Coming here, you will never feel bored because of the bustle of stores, fresh air as well as artistic space with a lot of crafts sold along the road.

6. Phsar Thom Thmei (Central Market)

This is one of the most well-known and crowed markets in Phnom Penh. It impresses travelers with unique architecture and abundant goods like clothes, jewelries, crafts…
6 must-see destinations for travel lovers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phsar Thom Thmei market - The ideal shopping area in Phnom Penh
Even if you aren’t a shopaholic, this market is still a good destination to learn about local architecture and culture.

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