5 Top Things to do in Phnom Penh

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

BKK Markets – Fresh Meat

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.


Empire Movies 

Empire Movie House

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. 


Boat Cruise

Kanika Boat – Sunset Cruise

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


Cooking School

Cooking School – Amok

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.



Royal Palace – Throne Room


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.

1 Comment

  1. Reply
    Veasna Kay

    Hi, just wanted to add to your article if you will let me as i’ve recently started offering private cooking classes in Phnom Penh. Rather than the big group model as above I take groups and families of 2-10 people and offer a tailor-made cooking class and market tour. If visitors of this page are interested they can read more about me and my classes on my website. Every week I also upload regular 2min video recipes to YouTube and Facebook that you might find of interest.

    I was actually one of the original owners of The Empire (as listed above) and created the food menu there. I believe Khmer Food is the best in the world and it is making a comeback, so happy to share this passion with visitors.

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