by Jackson Lee
In order to get to Phnom Penh you will have to go through the capital’s International Airport, which is located not far from the city center. This is just one of the two international airports in Cambodia and it can accommodate flights from all over the world.
There are other means of transportation operating in Phnom Penh as well. For instance, if you come here from Thailand you can take a bus as well as if you travel in from Ho Chi Minh City. You will have to cross the borders in order to do that, but the bus is a convenient means of transportation. The most exotic way to get to Phnom Penh is by boat. Embarking on a boat from Vietnam’s Char Doc and traveling along the Mekong River can be a thrilling experience.
While you can get to Phnom Penh by bus, the city itself does not have a public bus service. If you want to get around the city you will need to rent a motorcycle taxi or a tuk-tuk. You will have no trouble finding one when the need arises, plus the fees are quite cheap which means that you will not find traveling around the city a burden. Of course if you are looking for a quaint ride try a rickshaw that will take you around the city anytime. If you check into a hotel you can take advantage of the taxi service provided for guests. Be aware that traffic can be quite crowded so it is best to avoid peak travel hours.
Most of the entertainment available in Phnom Penh is located on and around the Mekong River. You can take an evening cruise or you can spend a relaxing evening in the bars and fine restaurants in the area.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Phnom Penh, starting with $ 5 per night guest houses from luxury hotels to international chains. These accommodations are mainly located on the Riverside where the heart of the city is.
International cuisine is common in Phnom Penh, and the best area to try the most exquisite dish is Sisowath Quay. French influences are easy to identify and traditional Cambodian dishes are also the norm. Don’t forget to try the Vietnamese dishes as they are very popular as well.
There are plenty of sites to see in Phnom Penh. The most interesting is the Royal Palace flanked by the Silver Pagoda and the well known Temple of Emerald Budhha. The National Museum is next in line and offers Angkoran statues. The dark past dating from the times of Pol Pot is symbolized in the Tuol Sieng Genocide Museum and the Cheoung Ek (or the Killing Fields) reminds travelers of the terror under which people used to live.
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