36 hours to discover Phnom Penh


You want to travel abroad but not have much time and money, Phnom Penh is one of the perfect choices. Below are some travel tips for 36 hours in Phnom Penh for those who are going to visit this peaceful capital of Cambodia.

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Day 01

Enjoy drinks in a historical space (17:00)

Phnom Penh is a city that has welcomed many famous people to visit such as Jacqueline Onassis, Catherine Deneuve, Angelina Jolie,… Each time they came to this city, they all stayed at the luxurious hotel – Raffles Hotel Le Royal. This hotel has gone through many ups and downs of Cambodia’s history, even though it was also a shelter of journalists before the Khmer Rouge moved into the city in 1975.

Now, Elephant Bar at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal has become a popular meeting point of many embassy staff as well as non-government staff working in Phnom Penh. Just 12USD for a drink, the Elephant Bar will be the ideal stopover for guests to relax before exploring Phnom Penh.

Elephant Bar

Watch Plaa Pakaa performances (19:00)

You can visit the National Museum to see the interesting Plaa Pakaa performances at 19:00. With the entrance fee of 13,5USD, visitors will have the opportunity to watch traditional performances of Cambodian. Dancers in traditional Cambodian costumes will perform the traditional rituals, as well as ethnic musical instruments.

Enjoy Cambodian cuisine

Cambodian cuisine is not only known for its quality but also for its harmony of choosing ingredients in cooking. A suggested address for dining is Malis Restaurant, where guests will enjoy dinners in an outdoor romantic space next to the lake.

Cambodian food

Discover nightlife (22:30)

After enjoying dinner, Bar Sito on 240th Street will be an ideal choice for guests to relax and enjoy the freshness of Phnom Penh at night. Come here, guests can choose Martini Espresso or Negronis to drink and comfortably dance in music. If you are a fan of French culture, the Bouchon Wine Bar is a destination you should not miss, where you can enjoy Médoc or Vodka martini.

You can also take a stroll around Phnom Penh’s bustling streets, like 51 and 178, to experience the nightlife, and finally visit the Zeppelin Cafe to enjoy delicious cakes.

Day 02

Shopping at Central Market (8:00)

Shopping is an exciting experience when traveling anywhere. One of the most famous markets in Phnom Penh is the Central Market. Most of things can be found at the market such as: clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, …

Go further in the West, you will meet O ‘Russei market, where you can buy everything from foods to clothing at reasonable price. The market is also an interesting destination for you to buy the unique Buddha statues, or wooden kitchen utensils.

Central Market

Tasting new foods (afternoon)

Romdeng Restaurant is the next destination we want to introduce to you. Romdeng not only is a restaurant but also an address helping poor children to learn cooking. If you want to enjoy the cupcakes, Bloom Café is the best place for you, with the price about $ 1.5 for a cake.

Visiting famous attractions (15:30)

On your itinerary, visitors should not miss to visit Wat Botum or the Royal Palace or strolling around Neak Banh Teuk Park at dawn or sunset to feel the Phnom Penh’s bustling life.

Visiting Tonle Sap by boat (17:30)

Taking a boat to enjoy the beauty of Tonle Sap River at sunset is an experience that will make visitors extremely impressed. There are a lot of different boat rates for visitors to choose, for about $ 25 to $ 50, you can take a wooden boat with full amenities such as sofa, accompanied by attractive food and drinks for your 2 hours journey. You can also hire a small boat of fishermen at a cheap price.

Day 03

Phnom Penh Central Post Office

Exploring historical sites (10:30)

Phnom Penh once was a French colony so visitors can easily see the French-style in Phnom Penh, especially the area near Wat Phnom.

You can start discovering from the Phnom Penh Central Post Office, which is a typical French architectural building built in 1890, and restored in 2004.

Van’s restaurant opens from 11:30am in the Indochina Bank building, with colorful glass window will be the next stopover for a French-style lunch in your itinerary.

Buying “made in Cambodia” items

From handmade bags, Ikat towels to lacquerware items, … are the best ideal as a gift to bring back your country.

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