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Visit Phnom Penh

Things to see and do in Phnom Penh Cambodia

Visit Phnom Penh.


It’s weird to think that I’ve actually been to the Cambodian capital twice. As fate would have it, both visits would prove to be fleeting. The first time, back in December 2015, my travel buddy Wonderboy and I were just passing through on our way to the beach city of Sihanoukville.

With just a few days at our disposal, we decided to concentrate on the city’s essential albeit incredibly depressing genocide sights. Certainly not fun by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely experiences that’ll live with me forever.

Visit Phnom Penh Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Visit Phnom Penh: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

My second visit came in September 2020. Sladja and I were at the end of our nine month Cambodian adventure, hence we’d only come to Phnom Penh to catch our flight to Turkey. This time I had four days to try and make a dent in the city sights.

However, Sladja hadn’t seen Tuol Sleng, nor indeed Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Thus I found myself revisiting both sites. Somehow, it was an even more sombre experience, due to the fact that the COVID-19 crisis ensured we had both places all to ourselves.

Visit Phnom Penh The Killing Fields.

Visit Phnom Penh: The Killing Fields.

With the clock rapidly running down on our taxi to the airport, we urgently set about mopping up as many of Phnom Penh’s highlights as we could. Not the way I like to travel anymore, but hey, sometimes circumstances dictate the pace.

Visit Phnom Penh The National Museum of Cambodia.

Visit Phnom Penh: The National Museum of Cambodia.

To get the full story on my time in the Cambodian capital, check out my travel reports on:

Central Market (coming soon!)

National Museum of Cambodia (coming soon!)

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (update coming soon)

The Killing Fields (update coming soon!)

Wat Phnom Temple (coming soon!)

& some choice spots from across the city (coming soon!)

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