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Cambodia is situated in the southern section of Indochina peninsula. It is encircled by the borders of Thailand in the northwest, Laos in the northeast, Vietnam in east and Thailand Gulf in the southwest. The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh which is also the largest city. In Cambodia, the tourism sector is the main source of the economy after that is the textile industry. Siem Reap plus Phnom Penh are two famous tourist destinations of Cambodia.
Siem Reap is the capital of Siem Reap province. There are various museums, temples, Chinese architecture, old market, traditional dance performances, handicraft shops, rice paddies, silk farms, bird sanctuary and forests. It is a famous tourist spot and the city has several tourist attractions along with resorts, hotels, businesses, and restaurants to drink and dine.
Phnom Penh is also well-known as Krong Chaktomuk Serimongkul (the Brahma’s Faces) and popular for its beautifully constructed French buildings. The city is also known as Pearl of Asia. Phnom Penh is also a famous tourist destination. Travellers visit this city to know its history, monuments and architecture.
If you’re travelling to Cambodia on vacation, then exploring both cities should also be in your itinerary. It isn’t difficult to take a trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh because there are various modes of transportation available by local suppliers. You can avail a bus, car, and minivan or book a flight ticket. Whatever mode you take, you should book it beforehand.
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When you take a trip to Siem Reap by road to Phnom Penh, it takes a minimum of 5 hours and a maximum of 6 hours. It depends on the number of halts you take on the way. You can select the bus stop of your choice which can be near to your hotel. This saves time and they will pick and drop at your hotel. Car is the best option as you can halt at any place or travel without any halt. A flight may be expensive, but it saves time as it reaches your destination in 45 minutes.
Phnom Penh receives very little attention. Although it is Pearl of Asia, still travellers mostly bypass it. This is because travellers think that Siem Reap has more exciting attractions and surprises. Whereas, Phnom Penh even though being the capital, still lacks in tourist attractions. However, the fact is that Phnom Penh’s a thrilling place as well.
Mentioned below are some exciting things that can be done in Phnom Penh, that can really make your day –
- Royal Palace that was built in 1860 is well-known for its Khmer architect, soaring spires, golden reptile sculptures, and elaborated decoration. It is situated in the centre of Phnom Penh with Buddha reclining in various positions.
- The silver Pagoda, which is also popular to be the Temple of Emerald Buddha is covered with 4000 silver tiles on every floor.
- Khmer dynasty is full of stories that can be read and seen in red stone museum building which was built during the Khmer reign. The building was planned by George Groslier who is a French architect and is filled with glass, ceramics, pottery, textiles, bronzes and sculptures.
- If you’re considering best deals in food and lodging then Phnom Penh is a place to be. There are many hotels along the Sisowath Quay Riverfront, which gives you a nice view and proper place to dine and drink.
- While walking through the streets and riverwalk, you will come across many locals who’re running hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. It is the best way to communicate with them and know their culture and best place to venture in Phnom Penh.
- Instead of eating the same old junk food, try seafood like crabs in local restaurants that provide authentic Cambodian cuisine. You can consider this food tour because that is the best way to know about their tradition and culture.
- Choung Ek is 35 minutes away from Phnom Penh where you can see human bones stored in the memorial tower. These bones are of those innocent civilians who were killed and buried by Khmer Rouge.
- During the food tour, you can experience their spices like Kampot pepper. Khmer cuisine is flavorful as the spices are too hot.
- Cycle rickshaws are fading and are being replaced by tuk-tuks and bikes. Before it becomes history, you should tour on cycle to keep the custom alive.
- Wat Phnom is the tallest temple that was constructed in 1373 and it kept many Buddha statues that were washed by women, Penh, in Mekong river banks. Now the garden of this temple is used for family gatherings, festivals, picnics, and visiting travellers.
- The Independence Monument is in lotus form structure that is situated in the intersection of Sihanouk and Norodom Boulevards. It is constructed on the main spire of Angkor Wat.
- If you wish to enjoy Phnom Penh like a local resident, then travel by boat or ferry. It will start from Chau Doc and pass various small villages with bamboo houses, fishing boats, and floating market.
- Later in the evening, you can sit by the seashore and watch the sunset with a bottle of beer and relax with family, loved ones and friends.
- Instead of shopping from expensive shops, roam around the street market. Locals bring many exciting showpieces, handicrafts, glass, pottery, and spices, souvenirs that are handmade and sell at a bargained price.
No one can say that Phnom Penh isn’t worth travelling to. It is also considered as a tourist destination, therefore the government and citizens are trying to protect their culture and tradition in the best way. As you’re spending money, you should visit this city at least once.
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