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Welcome to Phnom Penh, the “Pearl of Asia”! The capital of Cambodia has never been so exotic and beautiful. If relaxation and getting in touch with a different, exotic culture is what you need, then hurry and search for cheap air tickets to Phnom Penh! At the crossroads of three large rivers, Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, Phnom Penh is the heart of a country with a deep heritage and tradition, strongly evident at the endless rice paddy fields, the jungle and the rural settlements that remain untouched by the western culture. Find cheap hotels in Phnom Penh and wander around the banks of the greatest Asian rivers, discover the majesty of the Angkorian Empire and explore some of the world’s monumental historic attractions. An experience to remember!
Phnom Penh was founded in 1430, allegedly by a woman named Penh; when she accidentally came across four statues of Buddha, she decided to build a temple on top of the hill. The city founded later at that region was named Phnom Penh, which translates into “Penh’s hill”.
Once the “Peal of Asia”, Phnom Penh has gone through dark and turbulent times, with the permanent scars by the Red Khmers. However times have changed and Phnom Penh now stands proud and welcomes its hundreds of visitors, growing at a fast rate.
Nowadays, Phnom Penh is one of the most popular Asian capitals, an idyllic travel destination that has to offer so much in so many levels. A lifetime experience, the trip to Phnom Penh is unforgettable!
The airport of Phnom Penh is located 10 kilometres west of Phnom Penh and the recommended way of reaching it is by using the city’s official taxi services.
Getting around Phnom Penh
You can get around Phnom Penh by bus, ferry and local cyclos, tuk tuks and remorks. Fares start at 4,010.00 ΚΗΡ and minimum taxi fare costs 8,022.00 ΚΗR.
Phnom Penh Guide
The perfect point for you to start your Phnom Penh tour are the extensive premises of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. This beautiful royal building complex is a true oasis amidst the crowded city centre.
Built in Khmer architecture in 1866, the building served as the seat of King Norodom Sihanouk and his heir and remained so until 2004. Across the southeastern side of the palace, you can find the Silver Pagoda, the adjacent Buddhist temple that is coated with more than 5,000 silver plates, each weighing up to 1 kilogram – a total weight of around 5 tons!
The Silver Pagoda is also called Wat Prah Keo, meaning the “Temple of Emerald Buddha” and houses the national symbol of Cambodia, the sacred crystalline statue of Emerald Buddha, dating back to the 17th century.
North of the palace and within short distance, the National Museum of Cambodia is Phnom Penh’s most important museum, boasting exquisite collections of Khmer sculpture and art, the greatest of its kind internationally!
Continue to a rather dark, yet utterly important attraction of Phnom Penh, especially if you’re interested in gaining full knowledge of the city’s history. The S21 Tuol Sleng Museum is the school that was converted into a prison, torture chamber and execution site of more than 20,000 prisoners, from 1975 to 1978. You can join a full tour around the prison cells, see the torture equipment, collections of photographs and other memorabilia of the prisoners.
Finally, head to the Wat Phnom temple. It is said that Phnom Penh was named after the Wat Phnom temple. The temple was built on top of “Penh’s hill”, allegedly by a wealthy widow named Penh, when she accidentally came across four statues of Buddha.
The official language of Phnom Penh is Khmer.
To travel to Phnom Penh, you need the following documents:
- a passport, valid up to 6 months after your scheduled journey
- a tourist Visa, issued from the Embassy of Cambodia
When to Go
Phnom Pen has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons; the cool (November - January), the hot (February - May) and the monsoon (June-October).
The monsoon season shows frequent and heavy downpours, the hot one comes with high temperatures and humidity.
The best time to visit Phnom Penh is the cool season, but you can visit Phnom Penh all-year-round, as long as you’ve packed properly and arranged your itinerary accordingly.