Phnom Penh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Phnom Penh

Cambodia's capital is a city that straddles the gap between ancient civilizations and all-action, dynamic modernity. Over the past couple of decades, the city has boomed, becoming one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant and youthful urban centers. Sure, you can still gasp at Buddhist wats and French colonial architecture or visit the stunning remains of Angkor Wat, which aren't too far away. But there's a brash modern side to Phnom Penh too, with mega casinos, Khmer hip-hop jams and rooftop cinemas all part of the rich urban mix.

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Whenever you visit, expect high humidity and heat. However, between November and February (the so-called "cool season") is usually the most popular time to go, as temperatures dip into the 80s on a regular basis. Then again, the temples and markets will be more hectic in peak season, so it might be worth thinking about arriving in March or April instead.

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Where to Stay in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh isn't short of 5 star luxury hotels, and places like the Raffles or the Sunway Hotel are as plush as any in southeast Asia. If you want something a bit more personal, options like La Rose Boutique will be ideal, while the 252 blends Khmer and European food with tranquil surroundings. And if you need a budget option, rough and ready (but high quality) establishments include the Sky Park Guesthouse. If you're looking at particular areas, 178 and 240 streets are popular neighborhoods, and anywhere in the Riverside district should have great access to the sights.

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The past decade or so has seen Phnom Penh become a genuine shopping destination. For jewelry and fabrics, the Central Market (Phsar Thmei) is an essential stop, while the Russian Market is a huge clothing emporium. Bartering aside, a decent-quality t-shirt will set you back around KHR8000 and pants, KHR18000. But Street 240 may be more to the liking of visitors. Recently redeveloped, it's now home to artisan quilt-makers, high-end boutiques like Bliss and antique furniture showrooms like Le Lézard Blue.Then again, if you want a huge range of familiar brands, there are also centrally-located malls like the Aeon or City Mall, which will definitely do the job.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

If you're hunting for high-quality food and drink, check out local supermarket chains like Lucky (where the fresh produce is particularly good). Other options include Thai Huot on Monivong Boulevard and/or the Super Duper outlet in Toul Tom Pong, which is open 24 hours a day. Expect most stores to be open from 8:00 to 6:00, and expect relatively low prices. A gallon of milk should come to around KHR32,000 while 12 eggs will cost about KHR6,500.

Where to Eat in Phnom Penh

Finding great Asian fusion, Khmer or European cuisine in Phnom Penh shouldn't be hard. If you want Khmer curries, Lucky Pho on Street 178 is hard to beat, while Khmer Surin in the BKK1 neighborhood is also handily located. If you're near the National Museum and want a unique venue, the colonial-era Foreign Correspondents' Club is now a popular European restaurant, and Chinese House on Preah Sisowath Quay serves up Asian and Mediterranean-fusion food right by the Mekong. Prices vary a lot, from KHR80,000 for mains at high-end spots to KHR10,000 for three course meals at cheaper places.