Phnom Penh is the capital, biggest and only real city in Cambodia. It is a city full of history, colonial buildings, temples, chaos, markets and almost 24h/day street life. I really do like it!
What is the local currency in Cambodia?
The official currency is the Riel, but tourists can use us$. Most ATM's give only us$ but at some ATM's you can choose what you want. When you pay in us$ you will get back change in Riel. There are ATM's almost everywhere (also at the airport). Upcountry you might have to look around for ATM's and in real small town's you can forget ATM's. In Phnom Penh are also many exchange offices.
How to get to/from Phnom Penh?
Air : The airport is both International as Domestic (Siem Reap & Sihanoekville)
See Cambodia Airports
Bus : All major places in Cambodia can be reached by bus, but busses can be old & over crowded.
Road : All major roads are reasonable, riding or driving in day-time is reasonable easy & safe.
Boat : Although the roads are becoming better & better, you can still travel by boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. Or to go from Phnom Penh to Vietnam.
Train : Although there is a train-station in Phnom Penh there are no passenger trains in Cambodia.
How to get around?
- Tuk-Tuk's are everywhere, although most drivers are not very known with the city.
- Motorbike-taxi (moto-dop)
- Most taxi's are waiting at the airport.
- You can rent bicycle's and explorer the city and nearby area. Great!
- You can rent motorbikes to explorer the city and other area's of Cambodia.
You should make up you your mind in what area you want to stay. Points of interest are all over town, as are the hotels. The most favorite area is along the riverside or near Central Market. Of course you can book any of the hotels via Agoda.
Where to eat?
There is a very good choice of Cambodian and all kind of western food. Again along the riverside is the most favorite area, especially for western food.
What to do?
Too much for just 1 or 2 days
* Get lost in the small streets by bicycle or just walking
* Eat Cambodian food
* Visit Central Market and Russian Market
* Walk along the riverside in the early morning or begin evening
* Make a river cruise
* Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
* Visit the Royal Palace
* Visit the National Museum
* Just sit for an hour in the park around Wat Phnom
* Make a historical-building tour
What to do nearby?
* Visit the killing fields
* Make an upcountry bicycle trip
* Visit Phnom Chisor Temple
Where is the nightlife?
Actually spread over the all city, but there are some specific area's like Street 136 and Street 104. There is also another kind of nightlife at the Casino area or at one of the alternative cinema's.
Is there more information?
Read my postings at Other things about PP