Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

The capital city of Cambodia as well as the economic, cultural and industrial centre.

Founded in 1372 and heavily influenced by French colonialism, Phnom Penh was known as the “Pearl of Asia”

Situated in the South of Cambodia, Phnom Penh sits on the banks of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers.

Dry season runs from December to April with the best conditions during December and January when temperatures are cooler. March and April can get uncomfortable as temperatures can hit 40°C/104°F.

During May to November the South West monsoon brings wet season with increased rainfall and humidity. May and June remain hot but as temperatures cool Phnom Penh becomes more comfortable. Rainfall tends to occur in fairly short but heavy bursts meaning that between rainfall it is still pleasant.

Getting There

There are no direct flights from the UK to Cambodia so you will need to make at least one stop on your way to and from Phnom Penh.

Probably the best flight connections are through Singapore, with a number of options or Hong Kong.

Direct flights are also available from Bangkok, Dubai, Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur and South Korea.

Domestic flights are available between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville but are generally expensive.

Internal overland transport is the most cost effective internally with the added bonus of seeing more of the Cambodian countryside.

Getting Around


Cyclo – A bicycle peddled by the driver with a seat in front for the paying passenger.

An iconic and must-do in Phnom Penh.

Excellent for a sightseeing tour and can be found throughout the city.

Remok (Cambodian tuk-tuk)Many hotels have their own Remoks available for residents but there are also plenty around the city. Bigger than their Thai cousins the Remok can usually hold 4 passengers comfortably – we managed 4 on a Thai tuk-tuk but one was sat on an unsecured drinks crate and had to hold on tight to stop being thrown out.

Taxi – Generally the safest form of transport around Phnom Penh. Taxi drivers often speak English and can be booked through hotels or taxi companies.

Moto (Motorcycle taxis) – Can be fun and hairy. Make sure you have your destination written in Cambodian as most riders do not speak English well if at all. Negotiate a price in advance and wear a helmet.

Where to Stay

Find out about where to stay in Phnom Penh

Top 11 Things To Do In Phnom Penh

A bustling capital city with some stunning temples plus revisit the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in a range of museums and monuments.

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