A sprawling Asian city which is struggling to get into he 20th century let alone the 21st century! There is a general feeling of extreme poverty for the majority of the inhabitants with many beggars in the street, people living in appalling conditions, lots of rubbish in the streets, no public transports just tuk tuks and motorbikes.
The only sites worth visiting are the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, the killing fields, ( harrowing experiences), the royal palace ( not as impressive as the one in Bangkok) , the national museum and also the central market. There are no major shopping malls but there are lots of nice little boutiques selling curios as well as locally made silk, clothes....it is a bit like stepping back in time but beware any price quoted by tuk tuks and stalls must be haggled and divided by 3 in order to get a fair price.
Phnom Penh surpassed all my expectations. The amount of expats that are based there have really created a culture of boutique shops, bars, and restaurants that would not be out of place in New York City but are even better because they're in such a quaint setting in PP.
The Cambodians are lovely, very friendly and ready with a smile. I recommend shopping on Street 13, 240, and 19. Great restaurants also on Street 13, 240, and 308, 302. Riverside is great for running or walking, along with the area around Independence Monument. The Eclipse Sky Bar is touristy but has a GREAT view of the city as does FCC by the water. Enjoy your time here, it'll be incredible!
Try not to book bus ticket to a travel agency because their bus were very uncomfortable and old. Book your bus ticket directly to Mekong Bus since their bus are the best bus going to Siem Reap or Saigon Vietnam or v.
v. Dine at Titanic Restaurant and ask for their best seller.
Since the US$ is widely used, the cost becomes comparatively expensive. The traffic jam is an issue due to poor avaialblity of parking spaces and the etiquette and manner of drivers in general are not so well.
A lot of bad history as well the good one too. It is developing country with no set direction. They are trying to improve tourism,but they need to improve the infrastructure and most importantly road.
It is a beautiful city which really doesn't get as much recognition as it deserves. The people seem to be from another planet cause they don't look sad, angry, frustrated and everything else negative.
They are just so generous, big hearted, cheerful and willing to be of help. The food is amazing too. Fish Amok - ME MISSSS YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!
A visit to Phnom Penh is just an addition to Siem Reap (Angkor), as the National Museum displays good examples of art from Angkor; also a traditional dance performance in the Museum is a good choice.
But two days are enough for visiting the city.
Two to Three days is the max to visit, you can accomplish everything within two days. Food is interesting as we like to explore and taste every culinary dished of the world.
Traveled around the world for 45 years and cambodia food is one of the best we've tasted, fish amok and luk lak was delightful. Sightseeing was great, museums, parks, statues. monuments, plus the tuk tuk, very friendly drivers.
An increasingly pretty Asian capital - still small enough to maintain local cultural character, increasingly sophisticated wide range of nightlife, restaurants and bars.
Good fun, bit of an edge, so keep your wits about you.
The Cambodian's "friendliness," (like all other Southeast Asian countries,) is mostly an obligation stemming from being a participant in a "commercial-transaction.
" Of course, there are Cambodians that are genuinely friendly without being a participant in a "commercial-transaction," - just very few.
People are friendly. The roads are completely congested and as far as I could see there are no road rules - even for pedestrians to cross the road.
I found some good restaurants that served good food, were clean and the staff were very friendly. The tuk-tuks are a great way to get around the city and the drivers are very pleasant and are open to a little bartering on their charges - they are fairly cheap anyway.
Phone Phen has many thing to do. Historical place, traditional cultural dance, performing arts, varies kind of food, nice coffee as well as bakery.
However, Phnom Penh is in changing. There are many mega project in process, traffic jam. you can find a big gap of poor people and millionaire via the car they use.
Interesting City for a visit of a week or so... Can easily travel around country from man city. Very nice country and very cheap, lovely people
A frantic and noisy city overwhelmed by the extraordinary numbers of motorcycles which contribute to chaotic traffic and massive pollution.
It has changed a lot over the last 10 years and now lots of nice restaurants and cafes. I was impressed how the city has evolved.
I hope this brings more Cambodians into the middle classes like it has done in Thailand.
Phnom Penh is a beautiful "old French colonial" city with plenty to see & do or you can just relax by the "Riverside" area.
The people are very friendly & there is little danger from crime. A cultural & historic wonderland with year round tropical weather.
We visited the Royal palace and the museum. We also walked along the river side. We also enjoyed a tuk tuk ride at night.
it is a mixture of Vietnam and Thailand, year after year there are more motorbikes, more car, more pollution, more noise.
small for a capital, quite dirty, but full of Little Restaurants and coffee Shops. Perfect for friends of asian markets.
great for Walking around, good river front. Due to ist size a kind of instant "real" asia Feeling, and a mecca for any beer consumer!
Phnom Penh is an amazing city, very busy, terrible traffic and impossible to cross streets with constant traffic.
Good shopping, restaurants and great atmosphere at night. Interesting sightseeing and people watching
Alcohol is cheap but prices has increased over the years. Hope is comparable to Singapore. Everything is in USD.
Crime situatoin is bad, my friend gold necklace was almost sntached away while we were on the tuk tuk. Do not flash your jwel and money outside. Overall the people is friendly there.
Been here twice,never again.. Things changed a lot after 2 years! Beautiful city ruined by her own stupidity.
Garbage tip is the new normal in PP .....mountains of garbage everywhere... Pity!
Its quite expensive in Phnom Penh than in Siem Reap. Both doesn't have good food. They are using US dollars.
You must try a foot massage, its one of the best!
The city currently is showing to the world about the negative impact due to totalitarian Khmer Rogue regime.
Phnom Penh is showing fast recovery from total destruction of their economy system. Phnom Penh is a good place to witness the extreme cruelty of human and the resilient of Cambodian people to recover from cruelty. I wish that Cambodian will be able restore their past glory during Angkorian period under the blessing of democracy system.
Very nice place to visit for a few days. after looking around the city the beach area can be reached by bus
A developing city which still maintaining a lot of its roots and history. A good place to take things slow.
Growing city.. Lots of enthusiastic people all around... Has a good natural river front view..Good food .
first impression is not good but second impression very good. the locals are very friendly and helpful.
also extreme good value for the money everywhere. kings palalce and other sights are worth visiting. bar / restaurant /nightlife is amazing
In relation to other capitol cities in SE Asia, Phnom Penh is small, very managable and less frenetic.
Surely a relif after the others. Things are all close together, anywhere in the city within a 10 min tuk tuk ride.