Travel to Phnom Penh, the "diamond" city of Asia
At the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia, is a city of great history and rich cultural heritage. The riverside state of elegant architecture and lively physiognomy, transforms into a modern metropolis, which manages to balance, wonderfully, between the intense history of the past and the potential of the present, offering each visitor a unique kaleidoscope of images and experiences.
The acquaintance with the city begins in the highly impressive Royal Palace, the biggest attraction and landmark of the city, which causes admiration with its ornate architectural appearance. Surrounded by stunning gardens and with the Silver Pagoda at its side, with the diamond-decorated statues of the emerald and the golden Buddha inside, the monument impresses and reflects the power and wealth of the Khmer empire
Undoubtedly, the peace and tranquility intensifies in the Wat Phnom Buddhist temple, which overlooks the city from above and culminates in the equally impressive Wat Ounalom temple, the center monument of Buddhist philosophy. Contemporary chapters of Cambodia's national history are represented in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek's death sites and adjacent cemeteries, as well as the Independence Monument, Vimean Ekareach and the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument, which dominates the central park, the famous Wat Borumpark. On Preah Sisowath Avenue, the city's lively pulse beats amidst restaurants, cafes and bustling folk art shops, while a cruise in the tranquil waters of the Mekong will activate the senses, ideally contributing to Phnom Penh's indescribably charming character.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine of Phnom Penh presents a wide range of dishes and flavors of authentic Cambodian cuisine, which combines fresh ingredients and excellent quality raw materials. Rice and various types of soups always accompany every dish, with Fish Amok (fish wrapped in banana leaves with ginger, lemongrass and coconut milk) emerging as the most popular local cuisine. Try the equally delicious Lap Khmer (served with beef, marinated in lime juice, garlic, fish sauce, basil, mint and peppers) and pepper Crabs, (crabs flavored with spices, accompanied by vegetables), which will excite you.
The best season to visit Phnom Penh
The best time to visit Phnom Penh is from late November to late April, when temperatures are mild, rainfall is low and humidity levels are normal.
How to move around Phnom Penh
Transfer from/to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh International Airport is located in Poy Senchey, approximately 10 km NW of the city. Transportation to the city center is via buses which depart every half hour from the airport, tuk tuk, taxi or shuttle train, which connect the airport with the city's main train station. The journey time ranges from 40 'to 60' of the hour, depending on the prevailing traffic.
Transportation to Phnom Penh is via a satisfactory public transportation network. Buses and taxis connect the areas of great tourist interest, while the city is suitable for walking routes, use of tuk tuk and careful use of bicycles.