Things to do
Discover the best attractions and things to do in Phnom Penh with suggestions about great places to see in Phnom Penh. If you have visited a thrilling attraction or enjoyed a brilliant experience, let us know about it.
Genocide Museum & Killing Fields
Genocide Museum & Killing Fields
For anyone wanting to discover more about Cambodia’s chilling past, these two sites are a must-see. The Genocide Museum of Tuol Sleng is located in a former high school which was used as a Khmer Rouge prison from 1975-1979. Members of society who were seen as a threat to the Khmer Rouge regime were held here and tortured before being executed. Some cells have been kept as they would have been at the time; the museum also displays haunting photographs of all the prisoners who were held there.
The Killing Field memorial at Choeung Ek is the site of a former Khmer Rouge extermination camp and mass grave. A Memorial Stupa was built in 1988 and displays the skulls of more than 8,000 men, women and children who were killed there. An audio tour is available in various languages, providing an insightful commentary on the now-peaceful site.
Get ThereThe Genocide Museum is located in BKK2 which is a short ride from the city centre; The Killing Field is located about 15km from the city centre. Both sites can be visited in one day and the best mode of transport is by tuk-tuk. Ask to go to Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek and expect to pay $15-20 for the round trip.
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Royal PalaceThe Riverside at Phnom Penh has a few opportunities for sightseeing which are all within easy walking distance of one another, and can all be seen in an afternoon. Start at The Royal Palace which is located at the southern end of the Riverside, and check out intricate murals, the Silver Pagoda whose floor is made entirely of silver tiles, and wander through the neatly manicured gardens. The area in front of the Royal Palace takes on a festive atmosphere in the early evening, with balloon sellers and popcorn vendors setting up shop in front of the brightly-lit sign and portrait of the King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni.
Get ThereThe Royal Palace is located on the riverside which is a short tuk-tuk ride away from the Independence Monument and is next to the main bus station.
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The RiversideAlong the Royal Palace is the National Museum of Cambodia which houses one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art including ceramics, sculptures and prehistoric items. It’s then a short stroll up the river to the Night Market, which is open from 5pm and offers clothes and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Finally, the Riverside area has a cosmopolitan range of restaurants that cater to every taste and budget; enjoy dinner with views over the river and a spot of people-watching.
The FlicksFor a unique cinema experience, consider going to The Flicks while in Phnom Penh. The Flicks is a small independent cinema which has two locations in the city. Both locations feature comfortable lay-down seats and screen an eclectic range of movies from major blockbusters to thought-provoking documentaries and film festival films. The price of a ticket includes unlimited movies for one day. Both locations also offer a range of snacks, meals and cold drinks.
Get ThereThe Flicks 1 is located on Street 95 in BKK3, not far from Tuol Sleng. The Flicks 2 is near the Riverside, on street 136.