Cambodia’s prevailing capital it is an active hasten city nurturing grandly on the sides of the two mighty rivers: the Mekong and the Tonle Sap. These rivers then divide again as the Mekong and the Tonle Bassac at a territory known to the Khmers as Chaktomuk, meaning four faces. Phnom Penh is an authentic spring almost like to the modernity of other Asian capitals. With wide tree-lined highway and low-rise establishments, Phnom Penh harks back to the colonial days of this former French territory. The much older French colonial establishment’s, much in proof, add to the atmosphere.
The place all over Royal Palace has wonderful Khmer towers and literally attractive. There are much open spaces and parks in the middle, which that locals use for activities and leisure. Pedaled rickshaws, called cyclos, still use the streets as in old days and give and great chance for sightseeing and human watching. Taxi service is also available. Phnom Penh is the heart of the Cambodia’s nightlife. Giving a good weigh of fun and safety it is a kindly different from the busy Bangkok view. The current explosion of bars in the city offers much choice than ever before.
The Silver Pagoda or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Previously a wooden building was restored in 1962 in concrete and marble. The pagoda is astounding with more than 5,000 silver tiles each weighing 1-kilo (2.2 pounds). It is legendary for its 90 kg (198-pound) solid gold Buddha made in 1907 and an emerald Buddha told to be made of Baccarat crystal. Inside the pagoda are lots of other interesting antiquity and jewels. This was one of the some temples to remain not damaged during the Khmer Rouge regime.
The National Museum
Built in 1917 in old Khmer style and commences 1920 by King Sisowat. It is within the world’s famous collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious, and artistic relic from the 4th to the 13th centuries. There are over 5000 pieces and it is the archive of the Kingdom’s cultural riches. Furthermore, the roof is home to the biggest bat colony in the world living in an artificial structure. Every evening thousands of these bats fly of the roof and swarm around in the sky before searching for food.
Is a well-respected place of worship for all Khmers and is the same name of the capital. It is station on a synthetic hill 27 meters (89 feet) high in the middle of Phnom Penh. The earliest pagoda constructed in 1373 to house four Buddha statues told to have been accumulated by the waters of the Mekong. The temple is the central point for many Buddhist tradition especially Pchum Ben and his greatly revered by Phnom Penh residents. Wat Phnom has a different atmosphere and is envelop by fortune tellers, mystics, and faith healers. Elephant rides around the areas are available.
The Tuol Sleng Museum
Popular as The Museum of Genocide Crimes used by the Khmer Rouge as a confinement and torture place from 1975 to 1978. Presently the building is used for exhibits, paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Tourists can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the torture instruments used to get confessions in stillness purges of the administrations.
The Killing Fields of Cheung Ek
Are positions 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southwest of Phnom Penh and made popular by the film “The Killing Fields”. It was a situated where more than 17,000 people were killed and buried in mass graves lots of them transfer here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng. This place is a frightening indication of the cruel treatments of the killing of many performed by the Khmer Rouge. In the main place of the area is a 17-story glass stupa, which houses 8,000 skulls dig up from many graves.
The Independence monument
Built in 1958 as commemoratives to Cambodia’s war casualties after the gaining of independence from France in 1953. The structure, built in the Angkorian style, sets of five levels furnished with 100 snakeheads. It is most beautiful later in the afternoon with shadows intensifying the involvement of the design and giving the structure a warm orange glow.
The Riverfront Park
Presently modernized is the center point for the Phnom Penh people leisure activities. You can see the many locals welcoming the new day with Tai Chi and other exercises while the sun rises wonderfully over the river. In the evening and all day Sunday many people walk, picnic or just sit and watch the world go by. Local favorites are in streets vendors all along the riverfront.
The Central Market
One of the biggest and busiest markets in Phnom Penh. Constructed in 1937 by French architects and amazingly cool, even in the heat of the hottest day, many interesting things are available. The eastern side, which is the capital entrance, has many souvenirs and accessories on sale, from T-shirts to huge stone heads. In the main center are the many jewelry shops and precious-stone as well as a plethora of electronic goods merchants, cloth sellers and many more, most of them selling things at low prices.
The Toul Tom Pong Market or Russian Market
Probably the city is best beginning of objects d’art. Products for sale like wooden and stone carvings, different ritual objects, silverware, and old Indochinese notes and coins. There is large range of relics and curios for those ready to beat around the various stalls, there are gold, and silversmiths inside the market visitors can see custom making jewelry. This is one of the popular markets in Phnom Penh with foreign all around and tourists who can stay a long hour canvassing before getting the perfect gift.
The Ta Prohm Temple
Not far South of Phnom Penh on the avenue to Phnom Chisor is a 12th Century temple. Bless to the Buddha and the Brahma, the location is marked for it is purifying reliefs. Adjoining is a little temple, Yeay Peau, which also has amazing stone carvings. Close by Ta Prohm is a tiny lake, Tonle Bati with “Water Houses” for lease and different food stalls.
The Phnom Chisor Temple
A primeval Khmer temple built in the 11th century of laterite and bricks with divided lintels. The semi-destroyed walls of a 2.5-meter (8-foot) huge gallery with incoming facing windows encircle the complex. There are astonishing views of the area countryside and Phnom Chisor makes an ideal for tourist combined with Tonle Bati/Ta Prohm Temple.
Is 30km (19 miles) at a distance from Phnom Penh and situated on a hill oversee a wide plains and famous for the “burial chedis” of the Khmer kings. Little is left of this once aforementioned capital, but the first glance of the ruins on the hill is quite enchanting.