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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh was reputedly founded by a wealthy widow named Daun Penh, who discovered Buddha statues hidden in a hollowed out log that washed up to her doorstep during a flood of the Mekong.

Located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac, and Tonle Sap Rivers, Phnom Penh was reputedly founded by a wealthy widow named Daun Penh, who discovered Buddha statues hidden in a hollowed out log that washed up to her doorstep during a flood of the Mekong. Throughout the centuries, Phnom Penh served as the capital of various Cambodian realms, from the ancient Khmer Empire to the French colonial administration, and finally the modern-day government of Cambodia.

Today, Phnom Penh is a chaotic, lively maze of tumbling streets, tuk-tuks, bicycles, and motorcycles. A blur of activity from morning until well after sunset, Phnom Penh’s streets are dotted with a mix of colonial French buildings and traditional Cambodian architecture; with its legendary nightlife and bustling avenues, Phnom Penh has something for everyone. Highlights include the temple of Wat Phnom, where Daun Penh was said to have founded the city, and Tuol Sleng, the sobering, former prison where opponents of the Khmer Rouge were executed.

 

Region

Indochina

language

Khmer

capital

Phnom Penh

population

2,211,444

area

679 km²

currency

Cambodian Riel

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Destination Indochina DMC (Vienam) is a local based full range travel company in Vietnam. We have been delivering rare opportunities to engage with beautiful Vietnam, its culture and people. Our dedicated team of destination specialists have their finger on the pulse of what is new and trending in the country and our personalized custom designed journeys inspire world travellers of all walks of life. Connect with our team of travel specialists in culture, food, art, religion and history and get the best advice on where to eat, shop and unwind with your family members and colleagues.  

HIDDEN PHNOM PENH EXPLORER ON THREE WHEELS

Explore the past of Phnom Penh with an insider on a three wheels. See the hidden corners and lesser known areas that hardly find on your own. Immerse in the local culture and its dark history site through untold stories by a member of ancient Khmer Rough.

DISCOVER THE SECRET OF KHMER COOKING

Delve into the art of Khmer cooking with a local master Chef escort to the local wet market. Got explained the way how Khmer people cooking by choosing the fresh ingredients and spices and how to apply in their cooking. Cook your lunch with 5 traditional Cambodian dishes and end the class with Q&A activities.

SEE THE COUNTRYSIDE OF PHNOM PENH BY BIKE

Make the most of your time in Phnom Penh with an exciting bike ride escape from bustling & hustling city to a tranquil island. Explore the local life of Silk island villagers, stop by a local home for a snacks and riding through banana plantations and enlightened with a short course of silk making.

TASTE OF KHMER NATIONAL ART

Join a circus show performed by Cambodia national Phare team with exciting and heart jump feelings. Dine by the FCC colonial mansions, adjacent to life-giving rivers in this bright, energetic land, provide respite and retreat, a dynamic home base for countless news correspondents, artists, writers, diplomats, humanitarians and the infinitely curious adventurers, who continue to journey from around the world, swapping and sharing stories on-site, on roads less traveled and on pages yet written.

When to go

Cambodia has 2 seasons and a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. The northeast monsoon season runs from December through April, when it brings sunny and dry weather, especially in the early months of January and February. The rains come when the winds shift into the southwest monsoon from May to November. During this period, you can expect the most precipitation in Cambodia throughout the months of September and October. Cambodia heats up steadily from February to April, with temperatures peaking as high as 40°C in April. Temperatures remain high in May and June, and the southwest monsoon brings in more humidity and some very sticky days! From July through October there will certainly be some rainfall, but it usually comes in short showers. Unless you’re in remote areas with bad roads, travelling is perfectly comfortable during these months. It’s also nice to see the rice paddies and tropical foliage at their most green and lush.The best months to visit Cambodia are December and January, with dry weather and lower humidity levels – of course, this is also the busiest time of year when you can expect some crowds and higher prices.

Destination Indochina DMC has been delivering rare opportunities to engage with beautiful Cambodia and her people. Our dedicated team of travel professionals have their finger on the pulse of what is new and trending in the region and our transformational journeys inspire travellers of all walks of life. Connect with specialists in culture, food, art, religion and history and get the best advice on where to eat, shop and unwind.

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