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Phnom Penh – a hive of activity

From delving into the turbulent history of Cambodia to exploring its rich culture and heritage, you have plenty things to do in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh – a hive of activity. Elsewhere, taking in the sights during a city stroll and sampling this city’s unique culinary flavors are what you should not miss. Travel Indochina and Cambodia

Explore Phnom Penh on foot or tuk-tuk

Explore Phnom Penh by tuk tuk

Explore Phnom Penh by tuk tuk- source: internet

As there is no public transport in Phnom Penh, if you are not brave enough to drive yourself, you are likely to be stuck with these three main available options: taxis, motors and tuk tuks. Said to be a great way to ride in style to discover the city while giving the illusion of safety over riding in a motor, traveling by tuk tuk is what most tourists and quite a few expats choose. The rental fee for the whole day getting around by tuk tuk is USD $15-20.

Although to get around this relatively compact capital, tuk tuk is the best way, if you love walking, let’s get ready to sweat it out on foot! Though most of the sidewalks are either used as outdoor seating area for restaurants or parking space, Phnom Penh is a walking friendly city. Some highly recommended sites for your walking tour in Siem Reap are Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the French Quarter with wide boulevards and colonial architecture and the 27-meter-high hill of Wat Phnom, the oldest pagoda in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh nightlife

Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Foreign Correspondents’ Club- source: internet

Offering a heady dusk until dawn nightlife with a variety of places to choose from, Phnom Penh is a good little party town. With many of the bars clustered on a few bar streets, it is easy to enjoy exciting nightlife. The legendary Foreign Correspondents’ Club, where all guests happily enjoy a cold beer under the hum of the ceiling fans and the nightly sunset, remains a popular choice.

Cambodian cooking class

A visit to a local market

A visit to a local market- source: internet

In spite of not being as famous as its neighbors such as: Vietnamese and Thai, Khmer food is one of the major national identities that reflect the thoughts, minds and daily life of the Khmer people. To describe your trip to Cambodia to your family and friends, there is no better way than learning how to cook Cambodian dishes, recreate the original recipes back home and serve them a stunning Khmer-styled meal. Cambodia travel tours

In Phnom Penh, there is only one Khmer cooking school for travelers called frizz Restaurant & Cooking Class. Here, you can join a half- or full-day class to learn how to cook like a local. No matter how long your class lasts, you will kick off with a local market tour to buy ingredients for your course. After that, you will come back to the venue to learn how to create a range of typical Cambodian dishes such as fish amok (curry with banana leaves), Khmer BBQ salor kor ko sap (Khmer vegetarian stew), saik moan char trob (stir fried chicken and eggplant) and mango and sticky rice pudding. At the frizz, you will comfortably learn to cook and enjoy your culinary creations on a breezy rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Expect a cookery course to cost from USD $15-$23.

  • Address: #67, Street 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Tel: +855 (0)23 220 953 or +855 (0)12 845 525
  • Open time: 7 days a week
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Central Market

Central Market-source: Internet

It is local markets that form a daily part of Cambodia’s daily life and there are plenty of markets to visit in Phnom Penh. A unique Art Deco interpretation of a traditional Cambodian market, with a huge well-designed dome forming the centerpiece, Central Market or Phsar Thmei, is a fascinating market to wander through and also an amazingly cool place to seek refuge in the middle of the day. Here, you can find stalls sell everything from avocados and deep fried crickets to gems, jewelery, white goods, trinkets to homeware, handicrafts and souvenirs. However, as the prices here seem to be higher, and the traders tougher than elsewhere, be prepared to negotiate hard!

With a sprawling wet market just outside the walls; a range of tourist stalls sell photocopied maps, books and karmas on the eastern side of the market and the fresh flower section further out, Phsar Thmei is a great spot for sightseeing.

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