Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital it’s about 7 hours from Siem reap. This is an important step to understand Cambodia. After the visit of temples and a yoga retreat in Siem Reap, learn about what to see and do and where to stay in Phnom Penh.
The first question you should ask yourself, where are you going to sleep? We have selected for you YK Art House. This is really the best option if you are looking for a comfortable accommodation with an affordable price.
YK Art House
YK Art House is a boutique hotel & serviced apartment in central Phnom Penh, located in Chamkar Mon, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of AEON Mall and Independence Monument. Royal Palace and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
The property has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at YK Art House. It provides guests with stylish rooms in two buildings, with a swimming pool, billiards, table tennis and a restaurant. YK Art House offers an exhibition space for art and photography.
Phnom Penh has several markets to browse for bargains. The Russian Market, so-named for the predominant Russian expat community, which frequented this market in the 80s, sells anything and everything.
Have fun haggling for Cambodian wares and get lost in the narrow, cluttered aisles. A more airy emporium is the Central Market, a spacious art deco structure in canary yellow. For live entertainment and a cool evening breeze go to the Night Market where you can also enjoy eating street food picnic-style on patterned rugs.
THE ROYAL PALACE AND SILVER PAGODA
Based in the heart of Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace is on the must-see list for any visitor.
The Royal Palace is beautifully preserved. Visitors can see the throne room where ceremonies and meetings take place and wander the manicured grounds. Within the site is the Silver Pagoda, a temple named after its silver-tiled floor, which can be observed beneath a protective carpet. Inside you’ll find many Buddha statues made of precious materials.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA
The National Museum of Cambodia is the largest collection of archaeological artifacts recovered from the country. Touring it is amongst the free things to do in Phnom Penh for travelers! Even though it was built during the French colonial days, the red sandstone building is a great example of the traditional Khmer architectural style. There are more than 14,000 exhibits here, and a guided tour of the museum will offer a glimpse into the heart of Cambodia.
TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is an essential part of the history of the place and that makes visiting it one of the most essential things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A former school was used as a prison (known as S-21) to hold and torture victims before they were taken to their deaths at Choeung Ek.
The place has been preserved in the state it was found when the city was liberated in January 1979. Almost 6,000 haunting photographs from labour and extermination camps run during the Pol Pot regimes are displayed here.
Enjoy your stay in Phnom Penh!