I used Phnom Penh as a jumping off point for getting down to the southern coast, the CPOC volunteering gig, and Siem Reap, so I was there a total of 3 nights, but never consecutively. PP is incredibly hot in April, which made doing anything in the city a real drag. It was almost unbearable to be out and about between 10am and 6pm. Since those are the hours when I tend to be most active, I don’t have much to show for my time there. But I did manage to make it to the Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda (which are part of the same complex), Sisowath Quay (the historic riverfront area), and I saw (but didn’t enter) the National Museum of Cambodia.
Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s sprawling capital city with 1.5 million inhabitants. It’s both modern and historic, clean and dirty, chaotic and relaxing depending on what part of the city you’re in. The traffic is horrendous. I always stayed on 172 Street, which was a nice area walking distance from the riverfront and the Royal Palace. I found the locals to be very friendly and easy to make conversation with. Many people there speak at least basic English and the US dollar is commonly used as currency through Cambodia, although they also use the Cambodian riel. Nothing too crazy happened during my stays there, so I don’t have any fantastic stories to share. That means it’s photo time.
THE ROYAL PALACE/ SILVER PAGODA COMPLEX
SISOWATH QUAY/ RIVERFRONT
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA
ON THE STREETS OF PP: