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The Wonders of Phnom Penh


Phnom Penh is divided up into districts, each having their own unique personality and offerings. The Boeung Keng Kang (BKK) area is divided up into 1, 2 and 3 and houses the BKK market. BKK 1 is known to be an area where many expats live and many private schools are located. The Tuol Tom Poung (TTP) or Russian Market area is more the up and coming lively part of town having both expats and locals and is filled with unique restaurants, bars and other hang out spots. Russian market sits in the middle of the district where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables and shop for clothes and souvenirs. The Central Market or Phsar Thmei is home to another large market specializing in clothing, fabrics and other material goods. Additional areas worth mentioning are Tuol Kork which is developing but more the suburbs of the city, riverfront which is the bustle waterfront area, Orressey, Tonle Bassac, Olympic stadium and Koh Pich areas.

History and Temples: When spending time in Phnom Penh there are some main tourist attractions highlighting the culture and history of the country. Those include the Royal Palace, National Museum of Cambodia, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Killing Fields. There are also plenty of temples to walk through and meditate at including Wat Phnom, Wat Langka and Wat Ounalom. 

Short Trips: Phnom Penh is placed in a prime location making it assessable to short day or weekend trips. There are a range of day and overnight trips you can take during your stay in Phnom   Penh. Silk Island is a great day trip to get you out of the bustling city and into nature and have an opportunity to learn about silk weaving and other trades. Oudong is another beautiful day trip and   nice hike and see some nature while working up a sweat. Another more relaxing option is to take a river cruise, spend a couple hours in the day time or during the sunset to enjoy the serenity of   the river. You can either go on a commercial boat or get a group together and rent a boat all for yourself (depending on the size of the group it is just $4-$5 per person). Some short overnight trips   include Kirirom National Park where you can spend the night camping at a resort on the top of the mountains. Another option is an overnight trip to Kep and Kampot which is on the southern  coast  of Cambodia giving one the Cambodian beach experience and plenty of fresh seafood to eat.