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Phnom Penh

 Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities.
Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.

Cambodian Riel (KHR)

Ambulance: 119
Police: 117
Fire: 118

The Cambodia Daily
Phnom Penh Post (bi-monthly)
Cambodge Soir

Most shops are open Monday to Sunday from 8 am – 7 pm. Markets open from 6 am to 5 pm. Stores and markets are only closed on public holidays.


Tourist Information Center in Phnom Penh
262 Monivong Blvd
Khan Daun Penh
Phnom Penh

+855 23 218 585

The City

Phnom Penh took its name from a legend after a woman called Penh, thought to have found four Buddha washed ashore by the great river.

The French took over in 1869 and ruled until King Norodom Sihanouk declared independence in 1953. The colonial regime left behind impressive villas and large avenues, which form today’s city center. By the 1960's, the town was swinging and cafés were overflowing the streets.

April 17, 1975 is the day Phnom Penh changed. It emptied in one day as the Khmer Rouge took over the country. After four years Cambodians came back from across the country to reinvigorate their capital city. From a small riverside village it grew to become the country’s commercial hub. Today it is a burgeoning Asian capital crawling with activity; the landscape still void of skyscrapers. Phnom Penh remains an untouched Asian gem where cyclo drivers get lost in a sea of motorbikes.

Do & See

Spend a day walking through the historical streets surrounding the Royal Palace, ride a tuk-tuk hopping from market to market, and end your day gazing at the shimmering lights reflecting off the Tonle Bassac. The city’s life never ceases as the old and the new live alongside each other.

Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Tuol Sleng Museum

River Cruise

Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture

Wat Phnom

National Museum of Cambodia

The Killing Fields & Choeung Ek Memorial

The Flicks Community Movie Houses

Phnom Tamao Zoological Park and Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC)

Phnom Chisor Temple

Sovanna Phum Art Association & Art Gallery

Yoga Phnom Penh

Wat Ounalom

Kids City Asia

Independence Monument


A mix of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, Khmer food is varied, simple and delicious. A diet based on fish and soups, the local food offers healthy and abundant Asian surprises. Khmer highlights are fish amok- fish cooked in coconut and barbecued beef found on most street corners in the early evening around the Central Market. As the city is made up of many communities –Vietnamese, Chinese, Expatriate- there is a variety of delicacies and restaurants catering to a large expatriate community.


The Latin Quarter

Khmer Surin

New Rega

FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club)

Pho Paris Restaurant & Guesthouse

Boat Noodle

Friends the Restaurant


Deco Restaurant

Dine in the Dark

Do Forni

The Lost Room

Taqueria Corona Restaurant


Phnom Penh is a haven for fruit lovers, from mangoes of all shapes and sizes to delicious mangoustines. All markets have a fruit section and sellers walk along most main streets selling fresh papaya, pineapple and whichever fruit is in season. However, you will still find cafés serving a strong cup of coffee and western style pastries.

Java Café

The Shop

Panhchakpor Ice-cream

Bubbles Tea and Ice Cream

Feel Good Cafe & Coffee Roasters

Bars & Nightlife

Known to be a city without limits, Phnom Penh’s reputation as a nightspot rings true. With the local population out and about at night, after years of unrest, bars and clubs have mushroomed in the last years.

Memphis Pub

Salt Lounge

The Lounge

Heart of Darkness

Elephant Bar

Score! Bar & Grill


Top Banana



Phnom Penh has an eclectic shopping scene. Some major international clothing chains have already hit the town, and with its several bustling markets and diverse communities everything is here - from fragrant markets to modern malls.

Street 240

Tuol Tom Pong Market (Russian Market)

Central Market

Soriya Mall

Night Market

Aeon Mall

Monument Books

Phka Kn'jay Fashion Boutique

Essential Information

Phnom Penh International Airport

Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) lies approximately 10 km from Phnom Penh. The easiest way to get to and from the airport is by taxi. It takes around 20 - 40 minutes depending on traffic. You can also take a tuk-tuk and that costs about $5. Whatever alternative you choose, you can buy a coupon inside the airport terminal to avoid the hustle outside.

Address: Phnom Penh International Airport

Phone: +855 23 890 890


Public Transport

In the beginning of February 2014, the first public buses ran through the city again after a several years long break. During a trial period there will be 10 air-conditioned buses running a single route along the busy Monivong boulevard between 5.30 am until 8.30 pm.

Other types of local transportation is either with motor-taxi drivers or tuk-tuk drivers. Make sure to agree on a price before getting on. At night the price can increase. Cyclos, usually driven by old men from the countryside, are slower but provide a relaxing way to view the city and are slightly cheaper than moto-taxi drivers.


Lucky Lucky Motorbikes has been renting bikes for years and has the largest variety of motorbikes. Phnom Penh’s traffic can be dangerous and road regulations are not followed by most drivers. This is a nice way to explore the city, but cautious driving is required to avoid accidents. Beware of traffic police on major crossroads. If they stop you, a money transaction might be necessary.

Address: No. 413Eo, Preah Monivong, Phnom Penh

Phone: +855 23 220 988

More Information: Monivong Blvd near the corner of Street 184.


There are two types of taxis in Phnom Penh, those with a meter and those without. You find them outside major hotels or close to the tourist attractions. If you choose a taxi without a meter always agree on a price before you start the journey. Two of the taxi companies offering metered taxis are Global Taxi and Choice Taxi.

Choice Taxi
+855 23 888 023 / +855 10 888 010

Global Taxi
+855 11 311888 / +855 92 889962


At the main post office in the city and here you find stamps and receive help for sending parcels etc. Always watch the carrier put the stamp on your postcard, letter etc. otherwise there might be a risk it will not reach its destination.

Address: No. 486BC, Mao Tse Toung (St. 245), Phnom Penh

Phone: +855 23 885 174



Country code: +855

Area Code: 023