Phnom Penh Video Travel Guides

Cambodia

Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, lies at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. The city has some interesting places to visit such as the Palace, numerous temples, cruising on the rivers. Though having such a troubled past, many visitors come to the area known as The Killing Fields.





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Royal Palace

The Royal Palace has been the home of the King of Cambodia since the 1860s apart from a period during the rule of Pol Pot. The Palace comprises four main compounds the Silver Pagoda, the Khemarin Palace, the central area which contains the Throne Hall and the private residence of the Royal Family. The Palace is open to visitors throughout the week.

The Palace

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is the residence of the King of Cambodia. Much of the palace grounds is open to the public. Apart from a period during the period of Pop Pot, the palace has been the home of the king since it was built in the 1860s.

Silver Pagoda

Royal Palace

The Silver Pagoda is a walled area in the south of the palace grounds. Wat Preah Keo is one of the main buildings within the walled area. It contains many national treasures including jewelled Buddha statues. The Maitreya Buddha is encrusted with 9,584 diamonds. To the east is the statue of King Norodom sits on a white horse and in the eastern corner is a bell tower.

Wat Botum Park

Royal Palace

This park lies just south of the Royal Palace and in front of Wat Botum. It is an open space, where locals may just sit about and relax.

Wat Botum Vathey

Royal Palace

Wat Botum Vathey or the Temple of the Lotus Blossoms is close to the south side of the Royal Palace. The Wat was built on this site in 1442 and has become a major temple for Cambodians.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Royal Palace Phnom Penh

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Tonle Sap River

The Tonle Sap River which flows into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh, has its origin in the northern lake of the same name. The Tonle Sap is unusual in that the river flows backwards, upstream when the water from the Mekong rises to very high levels as a result of Monsoon rains. The upward flow of the river brings alluvium and silt upstream to the Tonle Sap Lake, as the upstream waters increase, th

Along the River

Tonle Sap River

The confluence of the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong is in the heart of Phnom Penh. During the rainy season, when the Mekong River rises and blocks the Tonle Saps flow, the Tonle Sap river has the unusual characteristic of flowing backwards up towards the Tonle Sap Lake. During the tourist season the river is enjoyed by visitors partaking in day cruises or longer boat trips.

River Cruise

Tonle Sap River

Enjoy a boat trip on the Tonle Sap River.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Tonlé Sap

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Mekong Cruise

The Mekong River rises in the Tibetan Plateau and flows into the sea via the Mekong Delta, south of Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, it passes through Cambodia and the city of Phnom Penh. From Phnom Penh, you can take a cruise up river or join a riverboat on its way downstream to the delta.

Mekong River

Mekong Cruise

As the Mekong River continues its long journey to the sea in Vietnam, it passes by Phnom Penh, where the Tonle Sap river joins the mother of all rivers.The water levels along the Mekong vary considerably throughout the year. In a very wet season the Mekong can cause the Tonle Sap to back up and flood Phnom Penh even though during the dry season the water level is many meters below the street level.

Floating Village

Mekong Cruise

Across the river from Phnom Penh and along the east bank of the river river there is a small floating village, where the villagers spend their time fishing, water gardening and moving up and down river with the ebb and flow of the current.

Sunset

Mekong Cruise

Thinking of a short cruise on the Mekong, then there is no better time than around sunset as the sun fades from red through orange and finally disappears behind the city.

Fishing Village

Mekong Cruise

At the head of the narrow neck of land that separates the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers there is a small fishing village, where the villagers use small canoes to catch their daily food.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Mekong

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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom is a Buddhist temple dating back to the 14th century. The temple was built on a mound (Phnom) overlooking the Tonle Sap River. It was this mound that gave the city its name. The temple is a place of worship and can be packed with people offering prayers. At times throughout the year, the faithful bring food offerings for the woman named Penh who founded the original wat.

Wat Phnom Mound

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom is the central point in Phnom Penh. A Buddhist temple has been on the site since 1373.

Preah Norodom Blvd

Wat Phnom

Preah Norodom Blvd is a main thoroughfare close to Wat Phnom. A tree line avenue connects the Boulevard to the mound.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Wat Phnom

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Neak Banh Teuk Park

Neak Banh Teuk Park lies to the south of the city and is famous for the Indepence Monument that stands at the west end.

Independence Mounument

Neak Banh Teuk Park

The Indepence Monument was built in 1958 to mark Cambodian Indepence from France. The monument is in the shape of a lotus flower.

Preah Norodom Blvd

Neak Banh Teuk Park

Preah Norodom Blvd borders Indepence Monument and runs north all the way up to Wat Phnom.


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Central Market

Central Market in the north of the city was built in 1937. The market is not far from Wat Phnom.

The Market

Central Market

The imposing market place is dome shaped with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. The market is off French design and built during the French period in Phnom Penh.

Khemarak Phoumin Ave

Central Market

This avenue runs from the Central Market east to the river.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Central Market Phnom Penh

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The Promenade

The Phnom Penh Promenade runs alongside the Tonle Sap River as far as the confluence with the Mekong River. The broad river front attracts both tourists and locals and is a centre family and friends to gather throughout the day, whether to enjoy a picnic under the shade of the trees or sit and watch activity on the river or to pray in many of the temples along the waterside.

Along the Promenade

The Promenade

While Phnom Penh city lies at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonlee Sap rivers, the tourist part of the city is mainly along the banks of the Tonlee Sap.

A broad riverside promenade runs for about 1.5km alongside the river.

Wat Ounalom

The Promenade

Wat Ounalom located along Sisowath Quay close to the Royal Palace is the centre of Buddhism in Cambodia.

It was established in the 15th century and it is said to have a hair from Buddhas eyebrow stored in the main Stupa.

Upper Promenade

The Promenade

This is area alongside the Tonlee Sap River furthest from the confluence with the Mekong, from here it is easy enough to walk to Wat Phnom the centre of Phnom Penh.

Ferry trips along the Tonlee Sap and Mekong start here.

Kandal Market

The Promenade

Looking for an authentic Asian market ? Kandal Market lies just off the promenade, close to where the Tonlee Sap River joins the Mekong River.

The market is busy from early morning until evening.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Phnom Penh

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Killing Fields

During the Khmer Rouge regime 1975 to 1979, over a million people were killed in state-sponsored genocide. The most well known of the fields is the one at Choeung Ek, which lies just outside Phnom Penh. This site is now a Buddist memorial to those who died, while the Phnom Penh prison Tuol Sleng is a museum.

Choeung Ek

Killing Fields

The Choeung Ek genocide center lies 17 Km from Phnom Penh, lie the former orchards that were turned into a mass grave during the Khmer Rouge genocide which killed between 1975 and 1979. Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa. The stupa has acrylic glass sides and is filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Some of the lower levels are opened during the day so that the skulls can be seen directly. Many have been shattered or smashed in. Visitors are encouraged to make the trip to the Killing Fields though the sight of the bones, pits and graves can be very disturbing.

Tuol Sleng

Killing Fields

Tuol Sleng Museum is now an open museum chronicling the genocide of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, when over a million Cambodians were executed. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21).Many prison inmates were executed after being transported to Choeung Ek.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Killing Fields


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