An Historic City of the Khmer Empire
Once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, Phnom Penh is a showcase of Khmer architecture and culture, with a tint of French influence in many buildings, be it Sino-Portuguese or Colonial. And with French cuisine around every corner, the city truly represents the concept of East meets West.
Historic milestones that left their mark on Phnom Penh including the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge and World War Two attract curious visitors to the city from all around the world. The pristine nature and beautiful temples of Cambodia's capital are awaiting your visit.
Must-see Highlights and Activities
National Museum of Cambodia
The largest museum of cultural history in the country, the museum hosts invaluable artefacts excavated from Cambodia since the 4th Century, including a stone head of a previous king and a bronze statue of a Brahman god. Khmer artworks are also on display in the French-Cambodian buildings.
The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Prasat Khemarin (Khemarin Palace) inside the Royal Palace is divided into several sections but visitors can use the same entrance to tour the Royal Palace and Wat Preah Keo (Silver Pagoda). The Palace features French-Cambodian architecture but was chiefly influenced by the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Preah Thineang Dheva Vinnichay (Throne Hall) was used in the old days to hold coronation ceremonies for past kings. Wat Preah Keo is located in the north of the palace compound and hosts an emerald Buddha found in the 17th century, and a golden Buddha splendidly decorated with nearly 10,000 diamonds.
One of the most important Buddhist temples in Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom gives its name to Cambodia's capital. Located on the highest peak in the area, the temple features the Ramayana epic on its elaborate murals, along with tales from other faiths including Brahman and Vietnamese.
The Independence Monument
The Independence Monument is another key place in Phnom Penh. Its outstanding design features include a big lotus shape and Naka head in a Khmer style, which is situated in the heart of Phnom Penh city. It is a memorial in tribute to the independence and the national heroes of the past. This monument is spectacular at night with the lights illuminating its beauty.
Psah Thom Thmey (Central Market) is the centre of trade in the city. Within the yellow round-shape building, stores selling everything from flowers to fruits, souvenirs and handicrafts in what is equivalent to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market. Another hot shopping spot is the Russian Market, where imported items are sold at cheaper prices. Make sure you bargain to at least half of the advertised prices.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields
Some memories fade slowly, especially painful ones. Under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, thousands of prisoners were interrogated and tried here. Nowadays the site of an old high school-turned-prison displays photographs and weapons that were used to torture the convicts. Only 1 kilometre away from the museum lie the Killing Fields, where agonized prisoners were brought to have their lives taken away during the course of 3 years. A memorial has been set up to remember the heartfelt tragedy that Cambodians would never forget.
Cambodian food is predominantly derived from foreign cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Western. The most popular dishes are spring rolls, rice noodles with roasted pork, stir-fried vegetables, egg noodles and curry. For a rare delicacy, try a North Korean restaurant where the deliciousness is guaranteed by the Pyongyang government. Traditional dance performances will also boost your appetite.
Freshwater fish are popular eating in Cambodia, thanks to the abundance of lakes. Grilling, steaming, frying or roasting - pick your favourite method of cooking. Fish cakes, fish curry pudding, fried frogs with garlic, big prawns, fried fish with roasted olives, vegetable soup, and clear catfish soup with red ants are among local favourites. Don't forget to take home some crispy fried fish from the night market.
Arrive at Your Destination in a Timely Fashion with Bangkok Airways
Only an hour away from Bangkok, Phnom Penh is waiting to entertain and enlighten you as soon as you get off your safe and convenient Bangkok Airways flight. Passengers can get to enjoy our luxurious Boutique Lounge and Blue Ribbon Club at Suvarnabhumi Airport, where our staff are waiting to serve you.
Free Wi-Fi, a reading corner, snack bar and family-friendly space are available at the lounge before you embark on your journey with us. Guaranteed by 6 consecutive years of winning a prize from Skytrax, we offer service to remember.
Connect to Destinations as You Desire
From Phnom Penh, Bangkok Airways flies to other desirable destinations you shouldn't miss from Bangkok, including Luang Prabang, Yangon, Chiang Mai and Lampang.
|Route||One Way||Round Trip|
|Bangkok - Phom Penh||1,390 THB*||2,390 THB*|
* Valid on PG927/931 operated by Bangkok Airways only.
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|Currency : USD|
|Phnom Penh - Bangkok||60|
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CurrencyThai Baht (THB)
Electricity/Socket Adaptor220V 50Hz
Time zoneUTC +7
Tel code+66 2
JUN - NOVRainy season - wet and humid
30°C - 35°C
Prepare for rainy days
DEC - FEBCool season - breezy evenings and comfortable weather
26°C - 30°C
Great time for sightseeing
MAR - MAYHot season - sunny and blazing hot
30°C - 40°C
Bring plenty of water when out and about