The Sisowath Quay from the street 104 Area to the Royal Palace area near street 178 is popular area with locals and tourists alike. Sisowath Quay, the riverfront road, is line with dozens of some affording spectacular river view. Interspersed amongst the restaurants are travel agents and a few ATMs. The riverfront is particularly popular in the early evening but it is a great place to stroll at any time of day. Have a great snack or a meal, relax at a riverfront café and watch the riverfront streel life, do a bit of shopping, explore the side streets. The shopping streets radiating off the river are street 178 and street 240of either side of the Royal Palace and National Museum. A couple of the cities best bar streets are just off the riverfront. Both street 104 at the northern end of the riverfront area and street 136 in the middle are packed with little bars, restaurants and guesthouses.
In short here are all you can find in the riverfront area:
- Restaurants and Pubs
- Hotels and Guesthouses
- Galleries and Bautiques
- Massage and Spa
- Night market (
Practically speaking, Cambodia has four seasons:
- November-February: it is cool and dry
- March-May: hot and dry
- June and August: hot and rainy
- September-October: cool and rainy
As we go to print in May, it is the middle of the hot season and quickly moving toward the monsoon season. Days are hot and still mostly clear with increasingly frequent evening and night time rain. Mid day temps around 31C-35C and the nighttime in the mid to upper 20s. The monsoons should begin over the next month or so ant last through September.
About Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, the main body of the city sits along the west side of the Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. The airport is at the western edge of town, about 9km from town center. Hotels, restaurants and shops are spread across the city, though there is a greater concentration toward the center of the town and along the riverfront. The old Boeung Kak Lake is a popular budget traveler area though gradually disappearing to a development project. Most in-city points of interest lie within 10-15 minutes of each other.
A passport with at least six month validity is required. A visa is required for most nationalities. One month visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, through Cambodian embassies and at many border crossings.
Visa fee in Cambodia:
- Tourist visa: US$20
- Business: US$25
One 4X6 photo is required. Tourist visas can be extended for one month but only one time. Business visas can be renewed indefinitely. Renew visas through a travel agent or the Immigration office located opposite Phnom Penh International Airport.
Last update on March 2013
Cambodia now is one of the best places place to visit in Southeast Asia. It has almost everything you need. If you want to find a good place to stay in Cambodia, you always can opt for one.
First, it is the capital city, Phnom Penh, where you can enjoy both tourist sites and modern life. There are many remarkable places to visit including The Grand Royal Place, Toul Sleng Museum, National Museum, and so much more.
For night life, there are many pubs along river front or southwest of independent monument.
It is where you always want to stay during your visit. It can be considered as an ancient city and modern one that you cannot find in other places. During days time you can visit the great Angkor Wat and other temples in the region.
Of course at night time you can safely visit Night Market where you can purchase local hand made products and of course night life.
It is Cambodia’s most popular beach town, located about 230 kms south of Phnom Penh. The sandy beaches, relaxed beaches town atmosphere, the bars and highlife and fresh seafood restaurants are the town’primary tourist draws. It is also a small centre of peninsula that just into the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and several fine sand beaches dot the coast.
Phnom Penh is NOT a gangerous place as it used to be. Cambodia now has developed itself into a better stage where tourists can feel safe almost any where they are. Of course armed roberries do sometimes occur but very rare with foreigners.
As long as you know a little tip to stay away from their sight, you will be totally safe. During day time, almost anywhere is safe but you should beware during night time. At night, very simple, do not get yourself in isolated or dark place. Try to go to place crowded place and do not take valuable things along with you. If you happen to take them with you, keep it out of other people sight.
Another concer over safety at night time is accident. High speed car or motobike can be deadly but it also rarely happens. However always stay alert when crossing street and on road.
Go-cart in Cambodia is not popular but you still can find place offer this kind of service. It is Kambol F1 Go-cart located about 12 kilometer beyond the airport and 2 kilometer off road to Sihanoukville.
The price of Go-Cart is about 7USD per 10 minutes. If you are a fans of this activities, get yourself ready from now.
Bag snatching is quite popular in different countries but we don’t often see them in Cambodia. Previously bag snatching is a problem and the are usually targeted. Crowded place including riverfront and busy place are not serious place but speed motorbike thieves can mug any time any place.
The best way to stay safe is to keep expensive things out of sight such as phone, camera and other jewelry.
With two days, it is easy to get to grips with Cambodia’s capital. Start the day as in the one-day itinerary with a visit to the culture splendor that the National Museum and Royal Palace. In the afternoon, visit the harrowing Toul Sleng Museum before continuing on to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where prisoners from Security Prison 21 were taken for execution. It is a grim afternoon but essential for understanding just how far Cambodia has come in the intervening years. Wind up with a sunset cruise on the Mekong River with a beautiful view over the Royal Palace.
N the second day, it is time to get serious about shopping. Browse through Art Deco Psar Thmei and then Pdar Toul Tom Pong, a maze of stalls selling everything from textiles and handicrafts to DVDs and cut-price clothing. Keep some cash for the excellent shop s that support good causes, all of which stock a solid selection of silk.
In the afternoon, take a look at the Independent Monument, modeled on Angkor Wat’s central tower, and wander up the Riverfront to Wat Phnom, where the Khmer prefer to pray for luck. From here it is a short stroll to catch the happy-hour cocktails at the Elephant Bar at Hotel Le Royal, the perfect warm-up for a final fling in Phnom Penh.
Visit Phnom Penh doesn’t require many days. You can the most popular places in Phnom Penh in just one day. Of course if you have much time, it should be great. However, if you have only one day you can follow our quick guide below.
I assume that we start in early morning. If you start your trip before 6:30 am, you will see local people and some foreigners enjoy their favorite exercise including Tai Chi, dancing and aerobics along river front. it should be great if you spend your time walking along the riverfront for both fresh air and watching people going around. Feel free to have a quick breakfast with restaurants there to kill time to visit Royal Palace at around 8:00. Once you reach Royal Palace, you can visit the Silver Pagoda and other highlights inside the Palace.
Right next to Royal Palace, there is National Museum. It is one of the most visit landmarks in Phnom Penh where the collection of Khmer sculptures located. Ask for information about interesting sculptures to learn the stories behind the history.
Now it should be launch time. Travel a few kilometers more to reach Psar Thmei where you can enjoy local food. Spend some time there to see if you want to buy any local products. The next destination after Psar Thmei, you can visit Psar Toul Tom Pong where there are many handcraft products there. It is a good place to buy souvenirs. Do not spend too much time there since you will have to visit another great place which is Toul Sleng Museum at around 3:30 or 4:00 pm. In short about Toul Sleng Museum, it is a killing place where it used to be a school but turned to be prison during Khmer Rouge Regime.
Now it should be dinner time, spare it with Khmer restaurant. Go back to your hotel for a short rest since you are going to enjoy nightlife in Phnom Penh. The best place for foreigner is at riverfront. There are many pubs. It is now safe to travel at night but you should go in group. Be friendly with local people so you will receive smile from them too.
Siem Reap is the top tourism destination in Cambodia thanks to the great temples especially Angkor Wat. If you want to enjoy your travelling on your own, you should get a map. This map is originally on Lonely Planet but I suggest you to purchase on from local store to get an up-to-date.