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A classic itinerary for Phnom Penh one-day tour

If you want to know Phnom Penh, from the beginning of Phnom Penh buildings, ancient buildings are telling the story of the city. Wat Phnom tells a beautiful story to people. The National Museum has witnessed the glory and decline of the country. The prison museum tells people about the painful past of the city. Central market, also known as Phsar Thmei market, is one of the busiest markets in Phnom Penh, where you can find delicious food and experience the life of local people.

Route Overview

Royal Palace of Phnom Penh (2 hours)→ National Museum of Cambodia (2 hours)→ Wat Phnom (2 hours)→ Phsar Thmei/Central Market (2 hours)→ S-21 Prison Museum/Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (2 hours)

Royal Palace of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh palace is the most luxurious and resplendent place in Cambodia. It is a typical Khmer building. The golden roof looks solemn and gorgeous against the blue sky and white clouds.

Phnom Penh palace is located at the confluence of upper Mekong River, Tonle Sap River, lower Mekong River and Barca river. It was built by King Norodom from 1866 to 1870 and designed by top Cambodian architects. It is the Royal Palace of the king of Cambodia.

The architecture of the Royal Palace has Khmer traditional architectural style and religious color. The palace has minarets, representing prosperity; the hall is painted with yellow and white, yellow for Buddhism and white for Brahmanism. The palace was originally made of wood and later rebuilt into a concrete structure, but maintained its original style. The murals in the cloisters around the palace are the Indian mythological stories elaborately painted by 40 artists.

Tel :855-12-721915

Reference :1-3 hours

Transportation: Phnom Penh Palace is located in the center of Phnom Penh and can be travelled by foot or by bus

Tickets :$10(40000 riel) for the palace, including a photo license fee ;$10 per hour for a Chinese tour guide

Opening hours :08:00-11:00, 14:00-17:00; Closing time :16:00(January 1-December 31 Monday-Sunday)

Attractions Location: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3),Phnom Penh,Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

Cambodian National Museum is a Khmer style building hidden in the green trees. From the house tile to the porch column, it is full of cotton red and exotic flavor. It has witnessed the history and changes of Cambodia.

The National Museum of Cambodia was built in 1913. At present, the museum has a collection of handicrafts and carvings from the 4th-10th century and Angkor Dynasty, several photos of Angkor taken by French photographers, and many authentic sculptures of Angkor Wat. It’s helpful to do your homework before you go to Angkor Wat.

The museum is an open design, very beautiful and full of exotic flavor. There is a small pavilion in the center, where a statue of the Buddha. There are four artificial lotus pools around, with grass beds and benches alternately. It is like sound insulation walls, blocking the noise of the downtown outside the museum, allowing visitors to enjoy quietly.

Tel :85523217643

Web site:

Reference :1-3 hours

Transport: Museum near the North Gate of Phnom Penh Palace, recommended walking

Admission fee :$5 for foreigners aged 10 to 17,$10 for foreigners over 18 and 500 riel for Cambodians. Children and school groups are free.

Opening hours :08:00-17:00; Closed :16:30(January 1-December 31 Monday-Sunday)

Attractions Location: Preah Ang Eng St.(13)Phnom PenhCambodia

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom is located on the top of mountain. There are a large number of Khmer style reliefs in the temple, which are full of incense.

Wat Phnom is the birthplace of Phnom Penh, which is about 100 meters high. On the top of the mountain, there is a statue of lady “Penh”, which is one of the symbols of Phnom Penh. Standing on Wat Phnom, you can overlook the whole city of Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is located on the top of the mountain. A 30 meter high pagoda stands on the top of the mountain, which is more magnificent. At the foot of the mountain is a small park for citizens to rest.

Legend of Tashan: it is said that in the 14th century, a woman named “Penh” picked up a Buddha statue drifting along the Mekong River, built a hill, built a temple and worshiped it, and gradually developed into a prosperous town. In the 15th century, the capital of the country was moved here from Angkor, officially named “Phnom Penh”, which means “the mountain of “Penh”, and the local overseas Chinese called it “Phnom Penh”.

There is a museum in the northwest at the foot of Wat Phnom, which collects many ancient statues and crafts. If you go to the National Museum from Wat Phnom, you may miss it.

Reference :1-3 hours

Transportation: about 20 minutes walk from the palace or take the auto rickshaw

Tickets: Tashan Temple $1, Museum $2

Opening hours :08:00-18:00(January 1-December 31 Monday-Sunday)

Attractions Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phsar Thmei/Central Market

Central market / Phsar Thmei is one of the busiest markets in Phnom Penh. There are all kinds of souvenirs and insect banquets waiting for you.

The central market, also known as Phsar Thmei market, is one of the busiest markets in Phnom Penh. The interior is divided into small stalls according to the region. Tourists often patronize the stalls such as handicrafts, jewelry, tourist souvenirs, Buddha statues, second-hand or pirated books, postcards, etc. local people come to buy clothes, small household appliances, daily necessities, fruits, flowers, vegetables, and even computers, photographic equipment and office furniture. Many bosses can speak Mandarin, and they are basically descendants of Chaozhou people who fled from the 1940s. More distinctive is the snack area, where you can find all kinds of local snacks and fried insects. If you have a strong stomach, you can try it boldly.

Time reference: 1-2 hours

Opening hours: 05:00-17:00 (January 1-december 31, Monday Sunday)

Location: between streets 126 & 136, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum/S21 Prison Museum

It used to be a high school. It was used as a concentration camp for prisoners during the period of Bobo. People can feel the cruelty and cruelty of that dark age.

S-21 Prison Museum is located in the south of Phnom Penh. It was originally a high school and was used as a concentration camp for prisoners during the period of Pobo. More than 17000 intellectuals, civilians, women and children were imprisoned here, and countless people were tortured to death every day. Until the hengshanlin regime invaded Phnom Penh in 1979, only 14 bodies and 7 survivors remained in the camp. The instruments of torture and introductions on display in the museum are creepy. In addition, documentary films are shown at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day.

Tel :855-23-6655395

Web site:

Reference :1-3 hours

Transportation: it takes 10-15 minutes by car from the palace, the fare is about $1, or a half-day tour of the hotel, travel agency’s killing grounds, get off at the prison museum on the way back

Tickets :$5 for foreign adults (January 1-December 31 Monday-Sunday)

Tips: $8 with headphones and $6 for a team tour with an English guide

Opening hours :08:00-17:00(January 1-December 31 Monday-Sunday)

Attractions: St 113,Phnom Penh 12304 Cambodia

Accommodation Reference

The palace and the National Museum are here. Of all the buildings in the palace, the Silver Palace is the most magnificent.

Along the river you can find restaurants, cafes and bars, and lively night markets.

This is the first choice of accommodation in Phnom Penh, the hotel price with river view room is slightly higher.

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