Places to Visit in Phnom Penh

Places to Visit in Phnom Penh
Can you feel that? The excitement in the air now that the Australian borders will be opening again for international travel?
If you intend to visit Cambodia for the first time, we've got you covered with suggestions of places to visit in the capital of Phnom Penh. Make sure to tag us in your travel photos so we can sigh in jealousy!

Royal Palace

Cambodia's Royal Palace serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia, and has been occupied since it was first built in the 1860's. There are four main compounds, including the Silver Pagoda, Khemarin Palace, Throne Hall and the Inner Court. 

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a former school turned prison during the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. It is estimated that 20,000 people were imprisoned and ultimately executed between 1976 and 1979. 

We'll be honest; this museum isn't for the faint hearted. But we believe it is an important stop during your trip to Phnom Penh, so you can understand more of Cambodia's history and just how remarkable it is that they were able to rebuild a country.

National Museum of Cambodia

This is a favourite of ours! The National Museum of Cambodia exhibits, safeguards and promotes  understanding of Cambodia’s cultural and artistic treasures. They are working to ensure the repatriation of pieces stolen from Cambodia, as many have been looted or illicitly exported to other countries. 

Here you will find a large range of sculptures, statues and art. We recommend you put aside a few hours to fully take in the sights. 

Wat Ounalom

There are dozens of beautiful pagodas in Phnom Penh, and Wat Ounalom is right up there on our list. This pagoda (Wat) is located near the Royal Palace, so you can combine the visit. It is considered to be the most important Wat of Phnom Penh, and the center of Cambodian Buddhism.

Established in 1443, the Wat houses a stupa that contains what is believed to be an eyebrow hair of Buddha.