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Glittering and golden, the Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural gems and the home of Cambodia’s monarchy. The palace was built in 1866 by His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom (1834 – 1904). It was constructed on the site of the original township which was especially chosen by a Commission of Royal Ministers and Astrologers for its great geographical significance in relation to the King, who was regarded as a direct descendant of the gods and whose role it was to live and govern on earth under the influence of heaven.
The Royal Palace contains some spectacular buildings; including the majestic Throne Hall, which is still used for official celebrations, ceremonies and audiences with foreign dignitaries and government officials. The Royal Treasury and the Napoleon II villa lie south to the Royal Throne Hall, north to this stands the Silver Pagoda enclosure, otherwise known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha.Check out the map
Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple (wat) located in the heart of Phnom Penh, surrounded by gardens and tall trees. It was built in 1373 on a man-made hill of 27 metres high, making it the tallest religious structure in the city. Legend relates that a wealthy widow called Penh (commonly referred to as Daun Penh or Grandmother Penh in Khmer) discovered a large koki tree in the river containing four bronze statues of the Buddha. Daun Penh constructed a small shrine on an artificial hill made by the people living in the village to protect and house the sacred statues. Eventually this became a sacred site and sanctuary where people would make offerings and pray.
Wat Phnom is the centre of celebration during the Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben.Check out the map
The riverside area of the city is one of the most lively and cosmopolitan thoroughfares in the city, evoking memories of a time when Phnom Penh was known as the Pearl of the East. Trendy cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques run along one side of the river boulevard, whilst on the riverside stretches the broad landscaped riverbank walkway. During the evening, as the sun goes down this area becomes filled with all the charm and vibrancy of daily life in the city, whilst fishing boats, small cruisers and working vessels ply up and down the Tonle Sap River.Check out the map
The Central Market "Psah Thom Thmey", is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways. This unique Art Deco building is an outstanding Phnom Penh landmark located in the centre of the city. Its initial design and layouts were by French architect Louis Chauchon and construction was supervised by Russian born engineer Wladimir Kandaouroff.
The market opens from 7:00am to 5:00pm. It is popular all year round with both the locals and visitors and a definite “must see” stop for the tourists. The market is teeming with stalls that sell a countless variety of both perishable and non-perishable goods, ranging from precious gems and jewellery to electrical products, souvenirs, books, flowers, food, vegetables and shoes.Check out the map
Evening or daytime river cruises, up and down the riverfront area of the city are a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Ranging in price from affordable barges to luxury floating restaurants, the cool river breeze and the impressive perspective views of the city in the relaxed tranquility of your own boat make for a memorable excursion on your travels. Speak to one of our friendly staff to arrange your river cruise.Check out the map
Koh Pich or Diamond Island sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Rivers. With large exhibition and convention centres, restaurants, amusement parks, beer gardens, golfing ranges, waterparks, landscaped gardens as well as a town hall, Koh Pich reflects the rapid development in Phnom Penh and is a shining example of the emerging modern Cambodia.
The area is popular for weddings, photography and just as a recreational spot for young Cambodians to visit and hang out with their friends.Check out the map
The National Museum of Cambodia is Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.
The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptures, ceramics, bronze and ethnographic objects. The Museum’s collection includes over 14,000 items, from prehistoric times to periods before, during and after the Khmer Empire, which at its height stretched from Thailand across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam.
George Groslier (1887–1945) historian, curator and author who designed the museum, was the motivating force behind much of the revival of interest in traditional Cambodian arts and crafts.Check out the map
The Independence Monument, "Vimean Akareach" in Phnom Penh was built in 1958 to commemorate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. Designed by architect Vann Molyvann, it is in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa, of the Angkorian style seen at the great Khmer temple at Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites.
The Monument also serves as Cambodia’s war memorial and during national celebrations; it becomes the centre of activity. A ceremonial flame on the interior pedestal is often lit by a royal or high official on such occasions and floral tributes line the stairs.
Near the Monument on the same stretch of land, is the newly erected commemorative statue of the much loved former King, His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk who passed away in 2012.Check out the map
Upstream on the Mekong River from Phnom Penh lies Silk Island, “Koh Dach” home to scores of artisans who make their living weaving beautiful silks. In a world away from the tourist-laden Killing Fields, foreign faces are rarely seen on Silk Island, where the pace of life is leisurely and the locals are welcoming. A visit to Koh Dach provides a fascinating glimpse into village life in Cambodia.Check out the map
This new shopping mall is the largest and most modern in the city with supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, cinema, shopping arcade, bowling alley, food courts, electronics and housewares stores spread over a large area covering three floors and a spacious car park.
For shoppers, movie goers and those looking for familiar, modern comforts and convenient shopping, the Aeon Mall is a favourite destination.Check out the map
The Tonle Bassac area has been labeled the “East Village” of Phnom Penh, reminding some of the villages of New York in their heyday. The neighbourhood is full of trendy eateries, small pubs and cafes, art galleries, noodle stalls, tailors and fruit vendors. It is a part of the city that retains its character and with that its charm. Bassac Lane offers excitement with its drinking, dining and nightlife options as well as the creative artistic pulse of the community there.
Central to this theme is Bassac Lane at night becomes an inviting place to eat, drink, come together with friends and enjoy the scene and energy of Phnom Penh from a different perspective.Check out the map