We had a great time in Phnom Penh, there were so many sites to see and things to do. There were so many tours offering places to visit, and many different experiences. There are endless things to do. I found Phnom Penh a great place to relax, enjoy the culture and the people. Here were some of my favourite things to see and do, other than meting the locals.
Visit the markets
There are so many amazing markets in Phnom Penh, we were staying near the Russian Markets, so we went there a couple of times, and we also went to the Boeung Keng Kang or BKK Markets, lots of fresh vegetables and meat, so many things going on, it was amazing. If you are squeamish stay away from the fish and meat section, it can get a little smelly in the afternoon, and there could be something ‘different’ for sale.
If you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city why not check out a movie. For $USD3.50 a day you can watch as many movies as you like. The indoor cinema has lounge beds and seats, sells food and drinks. They play the 1984 movie The Killing Fields daily, plus 2 or 3 other movies. Check out their website www.the-empire.org for more information.
While in Phnom Penh make sure you go for a cruise down the Tonle Sap River. There were so many option to choose from, but I love a sunset, we sat back had a few drinks and watched the sun go down. For USD$7 it was great value, (I thought there might be some scam attached to it, it was so cheap, but it was great). Check out the boat cruise options with Kanika Cruises on their website at www.kanika-boat.com
This was heaps of fun, and a fantastic way to spend a morning. We started by visiting the BKK markets and learning about the different ingredients we were going to use. We then went back to the kitchen to prep our lunch. We started by making a mango salad, which I didn’t think my husband would enjoy because he doesn’t like mango, but the mangos in Cambodia aren’t as strong, and he loved it.
We then learnt how to make amok, which is a Cambodian steamed curry from scratch, chopping and grinding all the ingredients, and finally finished by making a banana and gelatine pudding. For anyone that likes to cook, and take home a new skill this was great. For USD$20 this was a bargain. Check out www.la-table-khmere.com for more information.
There are some very impressive monuments around Phnom Penh, make sure you take your time to check them out. The Independence Monument was my favourite, but make sure you also check out the Royal Palace. For details on my favourites, click here to see my favourites.
Is there anything I have missed, what are your favourite places in Phnom Penh? Leave your comments below.