An article outlining a few things for tourists to do when visiting Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A great, chaotic city that charms most visitors.
Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, is a sprawling, chaotic mass of motorcycles, cycles and cars. There are many things for tourists to see and do, and this article will provide information about a few things for tourists to see and do while they are staying in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Killing Fields
Cambodia has suffered from many years of war but has now had relative peace for nearly 15 years. The country was ravaged by genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge. Millions of people were killed or died through starvation, over working and sickness.
The killing fields is a must for any tourist visiting Phnom Penh, it's a very sad story and one that happened recently. There are tour guides available and usually your tuk-tuk driver or taxi driver will come along and provide you with a personal insight into what happened during the years of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
The killing fields, about 7 km outside of Phnom Penh, were used by the Khmer Rouge to kill 'enemies' of the revolution. In fact, many innocent men, women and children were taken to the killing fields, never to be seen again. A moving story that is even more harrowing due to how recent the atrocities happened.
As a tourist in Phnom Penh, the killing fields is a must for all those wanting to learn about Cambodian history.
Situated in the heart of Phnom Penh city, Tuol Sleng was a school that was used as a prison for 'enemies' of the revolution. Torture was used to force confessions out of people and they were then sent to the killing fields never to be seen again.
During the Pol Pot years, agrarian socialism forced people out of the cities and into the countries. The Khmer Rouge were suspicious of educated city dwellers and anyone with any kind of education was killed. If the Khmer Rouge found out that a person was educated in any shape or form, it often meant the end.
Tuol Sleng school was an important part in the Khmer Rouge regime and was used as a tool to get the 'enemy' to confess. Some of the war's worst atrocities happened here and is now a museum opened to the public. Tuol Sleng, nicknames, S-21, is a must see for tourists when visiting Phnom Penh who want to learn about the history of Cambodia.
Again, the same as the killing fields, Tuol Sleng is not a pleasant day out and even the hardest of people will be physically moved by the experience. Tuol Sleng will help all people understand what happened in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime.
The highest hill in a very flat Phnom Penh. Phnom means 'hill' or 'mountain' in Cambodian and Wat means 'Pagoda', a Buddhist temple.
This multi-colored beautiful building is a must see for anybody, whether spiritual or not. If offers cool gardens to sit and relax where you can see monkeys roaming about and there is even an elephant that spends it's days at Wat Phnom.
A museum, beautiful temple, cool grounds and a restaurant make this a great attraction for a few hours.
There are lots of markets to visit selling lots of different things. Central Market, The Russian Market and Orussei Market are among the most poplar ones to visit for tourists in Phnom Penh. These markets sell everything, but beware because not everything sold in these markets are legal! All DVDs, CDs, Video Games are pirated and so are many trademarked goods pirated, e.g. clothes and shoes.
If you want to get a taste of the 'real' Cambodia, venture out to one of markets in Phnom Penh and get yourself a real bargain. Keep vigilant as pick pocketing is rife, but those sensible travelers will not experience any problems when walking around the markets.
The royal palace is home to the King of Cambodia and also the Silver Pagoda. A beautiful building with amazing gardens, this is a must see attraction for any tourists. You can see the royal palace in a few hours, and there are tour guides on hand should you need one. Many thousands of visitors visit the Royal Palace each year. The palace itself is very beautiful and a center point for any celebration in Cambodia.