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Phnom Penh - Cambodia's frenetic Capital City

A May 2005 trip to Phnom Penh by Kez

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Quote: For me, the mere mention of Phnom Penh instantly conjures up images of forced marches, imprisonment and death due the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's frenetic Capital City

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Overview

National Museum Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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There are still reminders of the Khmer reign especially with the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields but the people are stoic about their past. They are looking forward rather than back although they still pay their respects for their many missing and dead. I think that it pays to watch the movie The Killing Fields before visiting Phnom Pehn as it gives you a broader understanding of what happened to the country and its people. Some of the locations in the movie are still recognizable although for example like the American Embassy you are unable to visit purely as a sightseer.The city takes its name from Wat Phnom a temple that was built on top of a man made hill and na...Read More
Holiday Villa  Phnom Penh Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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We stayed at the Malaysian owned four star Holiday Villa which has a French feel and is located near the Markets on Monivong Boulevard. It was a really comfortable hotel aimed more at the business person and as such a little out of the main budget tourist areas but still a short moto ride down to the river. It had all the bells and whistles with porters, doormen, and quite flash considering the cost of $45 per night with breakfast.The rooms are furnished with lovely silk coverings and are clean and comfortable. Although located on a busy road the road noise is not audible from the rooms. A buffet breakfast was included serving a huge choice of both Asian and Western choices.Aft...Read More

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Holiday Villa Phnom Penh
89 Monivong Boulevard
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 23 990888

Phnom Penh (Dining)

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Restaurant | "Our Eating Experiences"

Phnom Penh (Dining) Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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We did not have a bad meal while we were in Phnom Penh. There was a huge choice of restaurants and the prices were also very reasonable.A couple of our favourite spots would definitely be the Foreign Correspondents Club which offers a sublimely cool hangout and great value eating. The main bar is at the front offering comfortable arm chairs is a great place to relax as it always seems to be buzzing. The light and airy eating area is at the rear. The food here was superb, a set price menu for $11 offering three courses with three or four choices per course, such as a soup, crostini or similar for entrée, and an Asian noodle dish, lamb or similar for a main course finished off with some fantasti...Read More

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Around Town
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Choeng Ek Memorial-The Killing Fields

Attraction | "Choeung Ek Memorial (Killing Fields)"

Choeng Ek Memorial-The Killing Fields Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Choeung Ek or the Killing Fields as they are also known are actually about 15kms out of town over partly gravel roads. The site contains a central memorial Buddhist Stupa divided into levels and holding hundreds and hundreds of skulls many still displaying the hole in the skull where they were clubbed to death in order to save bullets. The Stupa has glass window panes but each of the shelves holding the skulls is left open so that the spirits can easily come and go according to local belief. There are then many large excavated holes where the mass graves were found. There are still pieces of bones and clothing half buried in the dirt. Also erected are some palm thatched open sided huts...Read More

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Choeng Ek Memorial-The Killing Fields
15 Km South Of Phnom Penh
Choeng Ek, Cambodia

Royal Palace

Attraction | "The Royal Palace"

Royal Palace Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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The Royal Palace is a must do to visit. The complex is surrounded by a high wall and has many elaborate gilt temples built in traditional Khmer architecture with many tiered roofs and topped by towers. One of the highlights include the Throne Room. This is topped by a tower featuring in miniature the four faces found at the Bayon from Angkor.The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or the Silver Pagoda as it is also known, houses a number of gold and jeweled Buddha statues. The most outstanding being the "Emerald Buddha" and a near-life-size Buddha that is encrusted over 9000 diamonds. The floor is covered with silver tiles hence the alternate name. There is also a life size statue of the King Sisowa...Read More

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Royal Palace
Samdech Sothearos Boulevard
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Security Prison 21/S21)

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Attraction | "Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum"

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Security Prison 21/S21) Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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With an estimated 1.7 million victims, I really think that you should visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which was known as the S-21 prison. Yes, it is very upsetting and may even bring to tears but it will make you admire how the people have bounced back with such positive attitudes and it makes you ponder how this could ever have happened at all especially that it occurred in recent history as it was only back in 1976.According to the locals many of the people who wielded the power to carry out these acts are still free and even more surprising still hold positions in the current government. The setting of this horrific place in a school makes it all the more shocking. The rusty ...Read More

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Security Prison 21/S21)
Street 113 And Street 350
Phnom Penh, Cambodia