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Phnom Penh

Riverside : How to decide...

Riverside or Sisowath Quay is Phnom Penh’s busiest district, housing rows of fashion boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels that cater to just about any budget level. Located along the intersection of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, this boulevard attracts tourists looking to visit renowned landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Wat Ounalom Pagoda, National Museum, and traditional markets such as Phsar Chas and Phsar Kandal. It gets fairly packed in the evening, where locals and travellers can enjoy a relaxing walk along the riverfront or savour authentic Khmer, Asian and western cuisine.

Who is it For:

  • People who want to be in the centre of the action
  • People who want to experience the local culture
  • People looking for nightlife

What's Good:

  • A wide range of accommodation options
  • Notable landmarks such as Royal Palace and National Museum
  • Restaurants and shops cater to different prices ranges

What's Not So Good:

  • It’s the most tourist-centric part of the city so expect touts and beggars
 

City Centre : How to decide...

The city centre encompasses the northern part of Phnom Penh. There is wide range of accommodation available along with many attractions, such as the Central Market (Psar Thmey), Golden Sorya Mall, Wat Phnom Pagoda, Freedom Park and French colonial buildings as well as five-star hotels and upmarket restaurants. Due to the relatively small size of Phnom Penh, you can get to most places within the city or the surrounds quite easily from anywhere in the city centre.
 
Who is it For:

  • Travellers looking to shop for great bargains
  • People who want to experience the local culture
  • People who want to enjoy a wide range of dining options

What's Good:

  • Traditional markets offer inexpensive goods and local cuisine
  • A wide range of accommodation is available
  • Restaurants and bars cater to different types of traveller
  • Battambang Bus & Taxi Station is next to Central Market

What's Not So Good:

  • Traffic can get very busy during peak hours

Independence Monument : How to decide...

Independence Monument is set within a roundabout at the intersection of Sihanouk and the Norodom Boulevards in southern Phnom Penh. It’s also known as the city’s expat neighbourhood as it houses foreign embassies, UN and NGO offices, as well as international schools and universities.
Street 51 is a vibrant hub set within walking distance from Independence Monument, where travellers can find plenty of stylish restaurants, café, boutiques, spas, bars and pubs. A 10-minute taxi ride away is Tuol Sleng 21 Prison, a historical museum and popular tourist attraction that details the genocidal crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime. Accommodation options surrounding Independence Monument include boutique hotels, villas, and serviced apartments.

Who is it For:

  • Moderately wealthy travellers
  • People looking for a busy nightlife scene

What's Good:

  • Mid-range hotels, international restaurants and shopping venues
  • Popular attractions include Tuol Sleng 21 Prison and Independence Monument

What's Not So Good:

  • Attractions require the use of public transportation
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