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Things to Do in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia endured almost 30 years of conflict between the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge, and Phnom Penh, the capital, was at the center of it all. It's here where the incredible resilience of Cambodians can really be seen in the way life can and will continue. It's seen in the riotous display of colors at Psar Thmei Central Market, the honking of scooters circling Independence Monument, and the laughter outside the palace gates. Spend at least two days seeing these things and many more things to do in Phnom Penh.

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The Best Things To Do in Phnom Penh

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There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

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1.  Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum -
S-21 Prison

S-21 was one of 200 secret prisons around Cambodia. Of the 12,000 to 20,000 prisoners of S-21 prison, only 12 survived. 

It makes sense to visit S-21 first before "The Killing Fields," a route many Cambodians traveled but never returned.

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Tickets:

$5 per adult and $3 for the audio guide

Make sure to buy the audio guide.

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There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

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2. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center - "The Killing Fields"

It’s an emotional journey, with mass graves, bones and clothes of victims as testimony to the suffering under the Khmer Rouge. It’s a difficult visit, but a crucial one. “Let it never happen again.”

If you think you might be more sensitive, we suggest visiting S-21 and Choeung Ek over two different days to provide yourself space to breathe and process.

Tickets

Tickets:

$6 per person including the audio guide

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3. Psar Thmei (Central Market)
and the Night Market

Psar Thmei is a labyrinth of shops fanning out from the art-deco style dome at its center. Here, you'll find clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, flowers, and fresh food.

Another market popular with locals is the Night Market for clothes-shopping, food, and live music.

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4. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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5. National Museum of Cambodia

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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6. Quan Cong Temple

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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7.  Try hand-pulled noodles

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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8.  Try hand-pulled noodles

There’s no better way to get to know the city than from the Red Bus. Hop on at the V&A Waterfront or Long Street, and take in the sights from the top deck. Buy your Red Bus and Table Mountain tickets together online to save money and skip the queue.

Tickets

Tickets:

R245 for one of five routes and R655 for the Table Mountain combo, or

R320 in the afternoon and R390 in the morning for just Table Mountain

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