Phnom Penh

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The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is a walkable riverfront, rich architecture, commercial and cultural centre and amazing street food.

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Top attractions in Phnom Penh

National Museum

If you think it'll just be full of old pottery, you are probably wrong. There is pottery, but there is also an inspirational collection of Khmer sculptures and art, which has Khmer Rouge. It's large enough to be comprehensive yet compact enough to see it all in a couple of hours, and bizarrely, a simple map illustrating the former domination of the Khmer Empire draws the largest crowds, united in astonishment upon realising just how far and wide it once ruled.

The sobering Genocide Museum
This is for anyone who wants to understand what happened between 1975 and 1979 in Phnom Penh. This place was a prison from those dark days, now home to harrowing exhibits, information panels, a video room and prisoner pictures. The history lecture continues half an hour in the Killing Fields. There is also a mound-like structure, containing some 8,985 human skulls. It's not easy listening, but it is done very well. We are sure this tour will leave with some serious goose bumps.
Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda
The best thing about visiting The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda is that they sit side by side while they are two separate complexes, they are visited as one. Anyone with curiosity in Cambodia history should pop through the palace grounds or at least visit those bits open to the public surrounded by their high and intriguing butter yellow walls, and accessed through four gates. There is a dress code for visiting the palace as there is for visiting the temples. It is simply that both men and women should cover their knees and shoulders.
Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre
You might feel the creeps of this place once you see and hear the stories behind it. Choeung is a mass grave for victims of one of the worst manifestations of control, paranoia, and terror created by the Khmer Rouge. Once you have completed the tour of the grounds, there is also a small museum which is worth a visit. There is also a film-screening room, with a short 15-minute film screened on a loop.
Wat Phnom
Anyone in this city will recommend you to visit this site. Wat Phnom, a religious site, sits on the only hill in Phnom Penh. It has a lively, day out atmosphere to it, with an oversize clock built into the hillside, numerous hawkers ambling around, and families with kids wandering and enjoying the shade. A long staircase, guarded by nagas, garudas and lions, leads to the top of the hill, where you can check out the ‘Wat' and the view.

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