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Killing Fields - Phnom Penh

These were not what I expected, but were still a deeply moving experience. Most of the fields are a park (and former Chinese cemetery) where the bones have been moved into the memorial in the center. That said you still see fragments of bones, teeth and clothing in certain areas after heavy rain.
Mike

145 Followers, 36 Reviews


Despite the smiles and life in Phnom Penh, this city, like the rest of the country, has a tragic recent history. Take a tuk tuk out to the Killing Fields and then to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the atrocities that took place during Pol Pot’s regime. Be sure to listen to the stories on the audio guide while you walk through the memorial site.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


The Khmer Rouge -- led by Pol Pot -- executed nearly one million intellectuals, professionals and foreigners between 1975 and 1979 at various sites around the country that have come to be called killing fields. Choeung Ek, the killing field near Phnom Penh, is the best known of the lot and houses a recently built memorial that stores the skeletal remains of nearly 5000 victims. Several floors of skulls laid side by side may be a chilling sight, but it comes at the end of a nearly hour long audio tour that attempts to bring to life the chilling atrocities that were committed on the very same grounds that now seem so shadowy and tranquil. For the best experience, come early in the morning before the crowds start to flood the place, and drown yourself in the evocative tone of the audio guide as it relates accounts of victims, and spares you no graphic details of what might have occurred where you stand. Through a bringing together of music, poetry and story-telling, it is an experience that will move the most emotionless to tears. Allow the emotion to take over you. There is no time you are more alive than when your heart is breaking.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 89 Reviews


Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - Phnom Penh

History is proof of the fact that humans have often been severely unkind to each other, inflicting on each other the worst pain imaginable for reasons that have not always added up. The Cambodian Genocide, replete with all its barbarism and ruthlessness however, is unfortunately one blank page in history and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum chronicles just that. The former high school was used by the Khmer Rouge regime in order to torture innocent Cambodians and eventually exterminate them in the several 'Killing Fields' spread across the country. This was some sort of an ethnic cleansing, initiated by Pol Pot, reminiscent of the Holocaust during the Second World War. The fact that there were only twelve survivors of the largely underreported genocide (with two still alive and around the museum to meet visitors) is greatly disturbing. The experience will leave a lump in your throat and it is best to have a guide for detailed explanations.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


The Museum reminded me a lot of previous visits to places such as the Tunnels in Sarajevo and Dachau in Germany. The museum is full of photos of the regime and exhibits that were used for torture and holding Cambodians against their will.
Mike

145 Followers, 36 Reviews


Independence Monument - Phnom Penh

The Independence Monument in the heart of Phnom Penh marks Cambodia's independence from France. The park near the monument is a great place for picnics and it is recommended that you go there around evening to watch locals playing peppy music out of boomboxes and dancing. Everybody is free to join. There are food trucks that surround the park which sell delicious Cambodian coffee and popcorn. It truly is a happy place and allows you to taste the joys of freedom.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


The Independence Monument was built to symbolize Cambodia's independence from France. Standing on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard, the monument comes in the form of a lotus-shaped stupa - a style evident in the great Khmer temple in Angkor Wat and other Khmer historical sites.
Kim Buenafe

391 Followers, 39 Reviews


Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda - Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace comprises of several complex buildings put together and serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. Unfortunately, when I was there the King passed away and the palace was temporary closed to public. Nevertheless I managed a shot of the palace from the outside. Do note that dress code applies when visiting the palace.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


A ticket to the Royal Palace also grants you entry to the Silver Pagoda. Named after the floor, which is plated in silver and specks of which you can see under the rugs that cover it. It is home to many Buddhist treasures that include an Emerald Buddha. On the Palace grounds is a structure made by the French out of the cast iron used in the construction of the Suez Canal and it stands awkwardly among the steep tile roofs and stupa shaped cupolas. The temple also houses a Buddha statue made out of gold and dotted with around 10,000 diamonds. The Khmer royalty love their bling almost as much as us Indians.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel & Spa - Phnom Penh

Street 19 near the Royal Palace $50 for garden room, $100 for room with private pool A stone’s throw from the Royal Palace, this hotel has classic Khmer and French architecture and allegedly was built by King Sihanouk’s mother in the 1920s. The rooms include luxuries like a mini bar, a seating area, and even a computer and a full breakfast in the morning. Some rooms even have their own private jacuzzi or pool. All rooms have access to the main swimming pool, gym, and adjoining spa. They strive to operate sustainably, using solar water heating, employing locals, and operating with a no tolerance policy for prostitution.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Top Banana Guesthouse and Rooftop Bar - Phnom Penh

Street 278 near the Independence Monument This popular hostel has some of the best parties in the city. They have international DJs and wild parties on the weekends, live music throughout the week, and host Open Mic for travelers who want to share their talents. This is a great place to meet expats, other travelers, and locals.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Rambutan Resort - Phnom Penh

Street 71 in BKK1 $50 for standard rooms, $110 for the penthouse A sister hotel to the Golden Banana in Siem Reap, Rambutan is a chic and tranquil hideaway in the city with a lovely saltwater pool with a waterfall, restaurant, and spa in a tropical garden. Like the Golden Banana it’s well known for being a gay friendly, progressive establishment. The style is modern meets Indochina with handmade local furnishings and textiles. Rooms have garden and pool views, private gardens, mini fridges, flat screens, and all come with breakfast in the morning.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crime - Phnom Penh

Among one of the 150 interrogation cells/ prisons set up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge, this high-school turned museum documents the horrors of the Cambodian Genocide. Pictures of terrified prisoners, letters written in panic and instruments of torture dot the dull grey walls of the Tuo Sleng Museum. While leaving the compound you will come across the rules for the prisoners which includes ‘While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.’ 2 of the 11 survivors of Tuo Sleng sell books in the compound and smile for photographs with immense sorrow in their eyes.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


The Flicks Community Movie Houses - Phnom Penh

Watch the documentary The Killing Fields or The Breakfast Club while lying down next to fellow backpackers on the mattresses placed on the floor. The Flicks Community Movie House is different from the swanky multiplexes or the crumbling old theatres, it is a communal space for a cinephile. Under 200 rupess you get a tub of homemade popcorn, a drink, sleepy stories of a traveller and a good ol’ movie night. Call to make reservations and arrive 15 minutes before screening to make payments.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


Yoga Phnom Penh - Phnom Penh

In hectic cities like Phnom Penh it’s important to find quiet spaces to recharge. Yoga has always been this space for me, and Phnom Penh has two yoga studios. Yoga Phnom Penh has a variety of class styles offered several times per day including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Hatha, and even Fly Yoga where you practice postures from swings. Krama Yoga is the first nonprofit yoga studio in Cambodia, sharing the healing practice of yoga with underprivileged locals. Class fees fund their programs which teach children physical health, compassion, and self respect, teaches young adults self confidence and leadership skills, and works through trauma with victims of sex slavery. They have three locations and a wide variety of classes including Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, and Flow.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Digby's Grocer & Cafe - Phnom Penh

BKK1 Street 306 This gourmet grocery store has some great foreign favorites for stocking up on. If you have access to a kitchen they sell organic produce and other cooking supplies and travelers can pick up Coco Khmer coconut oil and healthy snacks here. They also have a full deli and restaurant that could easy fit into an international city like New York.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Meta House - Phnom Penh

Along with teachers and monks, most artists were killed during the Khmer Rouge takeover in the 70s. Phnom Penh has done a tremendous job reviving the arts scene in this country and the city has many modern, inspiring galleries featuring local artists. Meta House has three floors of exhibitions from local and international artists, supports local artists in international exhibitions, and works to foster the art community in Cambodia. They host many events including live music and movie screenings. Java Arts is another popular gallery that supports and funds local Cambodian artists through grants and proceeds from Java Café. Read about more contemporary art galleries in Phnom Penh.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


56 Sihanouk Blvd. $2-6 for drinks and meals Overlooking Hun Sen Park, this two story cafe is a hub for expats fueling up on coffee. Most of the food on the menu is homemade including bakery goods, yogurt, and fresh pasta. They have rotating visual contemporary art exhibitions, and across the street they own an entire workspace that supports local artists. Check out the event calendar for occasional stage poetry and other performances.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


K'nyay - Phnom Penh

Street 95 at 348 $5 for entrees This beautiful Khmer restaurant is in the top floor of an old building with high ceilings, and big windows overlooking the trees and flower covered terrace. The open space feels cozy and chic all at once, with delicious Khmer specialties, all with vegan options. The vegetarian amok here was the best I’ve had, steamed perfectly in a banana leaf, and I loved the vegan chocolate orange ice cream.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Dara Reang Sey Hotel Phnom Penh - Phnom Penh

We stayed at Dara Reang Sey for our one night in Phnom Penh. It's a budget hotel accommodation that's conveniently located near The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the Psar Chas Old Market, National Museum and Wat Phnom. Our room was spacious for two and has a queen-sized bed, aircon, TV, hot & cold shower and free Wi-Fi.
Kim Buenafe

391 Followers, 39 Reviews


The Vegetarian Restaurant - Phnom Penh

Street 19 off Sihanouk Blvd. $1.50-3 for entrees This is my favorite all around restaurant in Phnom Penh. The menu consists mainly of healthy Khmer food without sugar or MSG and is made with brown rice, a rare treat in Southeast Asia. It’s also considerably cheaper than the other healthy vegetarian restaurants I tried in Phnom Penh. My favorite dish is the Khmer curry with brown rice and the fresh spring rolls are the perfect take away for a long bus ride.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


The Royal Palace - Phnom Penh

True to its name, The Royal Palace serves as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries. The place is a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual, and has been a symbol of the Kingdom ever since. The striking structure stands near the riverfront and boasts classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding. The famous SIlver Pagoda, where the King worshiped, prayed and practiced every Buddhist Silas Day, is also located inside The Royal Palace.
Kim Buenafe

391 Followers, 39 Reviews


Me Mates Villa - Phnom Penh

Street 184 near the Royal Palace $6-$10 for a dorm At the end of a quiet alley in my favorite neighborhood, Me Mate’s Villa is my super budget sanctuary in Phnom Penh. It’s just a block away from the Royal Palace and the riverside on a quiet street. The rooms are clean, the shower is scalding hot with strong pressure, the lockers can fit your entire bag, and the beds are massive and very comfortable. They even make your bed every day. What I particularly love about this hostel is the kind, attentive staff. Charlie who works at reception has the biggest, most genuine smile and infectious laugh and plays the best reggae mixes. If you’re traveling on a budge and looking for a hostel where you can meet other travelers but still get a good night’s sleep, this place is perfect.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


National Museum - Phnom Penh

If you are looking for a cure to the overwhelming loss of faith in humanity that you are sure to feel after a visit to Choeung Ek, the nearest one is at the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Located in a graceful red building that whips up all sorts of Oriental dreams, it houses a vast collection of art, sculpture and handicrafts from all periods of Cambodian history. All sorts of Hindu and Buddhist images present themselves in different forms throughout, making us constantly exclaim about the parallels with the heroes in the mythological epics we lapped up in our childhood. The airy, breezy museum is located around a central courtyard with tiny lotus-fringed ponds, pebbled paths and lush greenery, making for a great place to unwind between marathon museum-ing.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 89 Reviews


Warung Bali - Phnom Penh

Across from the National Museum $2-5 for entrees You may find it strange that I should recommend an Indonesian restaurant in Cambodia, but I surprisingly never saw Indonesian cuisine outside of Indonesia and this place is as good as what you’d find in Bali. The owners were extremely hospitable and the place had a very warm, friendly vibe. I ordered the gado gado, veggies with salad, peanut sauce, and boiled egg, and it was very tasty, but I heard that the spicy squid is the best dish on the menu.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


The Central Market - Phnom Penh

This market is constructed in a shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men's and women's apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products. It is very prominent and easy to locate with its yellow colour exterior. Put your bargaining skills to the test here!
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


Selapak - Phnom Penh

If you want to dance without going crazy in a club, Phnom Penh has many dance studios offering lessons. Try out some traditional Khmer dance moves at Selapak, learn Salsa and Merengue at Salsa Phnom Penh, or improvisational dance at the International Institute of the Arts.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


La Maison d Ambre - Phnom Penh

Possibly the prettiest and the most comfortable boutique hotel one can stay in, La Maison d'Ambre is a class apart because it offers only ten luxury suites, each with a unique theme. It is the most conspicuous, pristine white establishment on an otherwise crammed street. The interiors are absolutely posh and are very evidently done by someone who has a taste for fashion. If you are a bookworm, the humongous book-case lined with titles on art, architecture and popular designers in the reception will be the first thing that catches your eye. The manager is one of the most cordial people you will ever meet. A little pricey, but this place deserves every bit of the money.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Night Market - Phnom Penh

The night market is located along the river front and get rather crowded during the weekends and towards dinner time. The market offers a wide variety of shopping ranging from cheap clothes to handicrafts to souvenirs. There are even food stalls there where you can have your dinner and even mini performances. There is also a large area with carpets placed for people to have their meals purchased from the food stalls.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


Wat Phnom - Phnom Penh

The central spot of Phnom Penh, the Wat Phnom Temple is a Buddhist temple situated on top of an artificial hill and the tallest in the city, which means that there are a lot of stairs for one to climb. The temple was apparently built by a widow by the name of Penh, affectionately known as Grandmother Penh. Having spent a good amount of time on the hill and observing everything around me, I supposed that the adorable ginger cat continuously circling the shrine had some part of the deceased lady's soul latched onto her. The paintings inside are worth a sight and the entrance fee is 1 USD.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Royal Palace - Phnom Penh

Royal Palace buildings include the Throne Hall, used for coronations and diplomatic and other official meetings, and Chanchhaya Pavilion, used as a venue for the Royal Dancers, as a tribune for the King to address the crowds and as a place to hold state and royal banquets.
Claire Bartha

158 Followers, 4 Reviews


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