Phnom Penh Journals

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The Gem of Indochina

A March 2009 trip to Phnom Penh by mh75

Almond Hotel Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: Phnom Penh is a jewel of the Mekong region. Despite years of war damage and scars from internal strife, Phnom Penh will surprise you with her hospitality.

Touring Phnom Penh

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Lots of Tuc-Tucs Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Touring and shopping in Phnom Penh can be a great experience. The people are extremely friendly and most of them do speak english. The ones that I encountered were very jovial and seemed to be easy-going. Cambodia is a country that is recovering from a very traumatic and violent past, but they people do not show many signs of it, they seem to want to move forward.The best way to get around town is by tuc-tuc (moped with attached cab portion) or rickshaw (bicycle with attached cab portion.) These can be found for very cheap and for fairly long term. We negotiated with a tuc-tuc driver and paid him twenty dollars for almost a full day. If you do this, they will take you where ever you ...Read More

Shopping Center Sorya

Attraction | "Phnom Penh's Biggest, Most Modern Shopping Center"

Shopping Center Sorya Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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The Sorya is located in downtown Phnom Penh. You can ask any tuc-tuc driver and they will know exactly how to get there as it is very popular. Five stories of shoppes and restaurants, the Sorya is an anomoly in Phnom Penh in that it is very modern and more or less a mall as opposed to a market. So much so that you can forget that you are in Cambodia while there.

There are shoppes for everything as well. Electronics, toys, shoes, clothes...you name it, they have it. There is even a grocery store in there.

If the market does not do it for you in terms of shopping, ther Sorya is for you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Shopping Center Sorya
# 13-61 Vithei Trasak Pho am
Phnom Penh
+855 23 210 018

Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC)

Restaurant | "Visions of Days Past"

Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Stepping into the Foreign Correspondant's Club, or FCC is like entering days past when wars raged in this area and reporters, diplomats and soldiers ranged over the area. Having read quite a bit about the permenance of the bar and restaurant, it was easy to envision. Sitting over the Quay and watching the Cambodian sampams cruise up and down the river while sipping an Angkor beer was truly an experience. Watching the ceiling fans slowly twirl overhead and listening to the Cambodian banter in the background while watching the international news piped through the tv, you can honestly loose yourself in the moment and be transformed back to an earlier time when the are virtually teemed with persons from...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC)
363 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh
+855 23 724 014

Central & Russian Market

Attraction | "Shopping in Less Than Stellar Conditions"

Central & Russian Market Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Although, the Russian Market is obviously not Macy's, the shopping is just as fun and probably far more interesting in regards to the stimulus to your senses. Grilling meats and pickling, spiced fish smells permeate the corugated tin covered 'mall.' Waiting at every corner are small Cambodian who will "guide" you to where you want to go or show you what you should buy for the price of a bottle of Coke or water. Handicrafts to power tools; art pieces to t-shirts; jewelry to compact discs, this place has it all. If you get hungry, don't worry, there are food stands as well. Some food that you will recognize, other that you will not. But you will find lots of friendly faces willing to s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2009

Central & Russian Market
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuc-Tuc or Indochina Taxi Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Dancing through the streets of Phnom Penh are thousands, if not millions of mopeds, motorcycles and tuc-tucs (mopeds towing a passenger compartment.) There are also cars and trucks, but the lunacy to the metal, rubber and plastic are the two wheeled machines zipping all over the roads.It is a wonder that there are not accidents on every corner, but I never saw one. I stared in complete amazement from my hotel patio at the ballet that unfolds on every street in Phnom Penh. The most amazing part is that most of the smaller side streets and lesser intersections have no traffic lights. It simply regulates itself through mass and volume. One direction ebbing to the other as eac...Read More

Almond Hotel

Hotel | "Luxury, Good Food, and Cold Beer!"

Almond Hotel Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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The Almond Hotel, located directly across the street from the Russian Embassy offered many amenities that are standard in other places, yet considered luxuries in Cambodia. Interestingly enough, the main two things were air conditioner and hot water for showers! This is not strange for developing countries, but for people not used to traveling to struggling, upcoming economies, it can be eye-opening.Classy inside, yet refreshingly familiar in appearance from what you would see in any central or South America country, the Almond was perfect for our stay in Phnom Penh. The staff was friendly to a fault, very helpful and seemed genuinely happy to have you as a guest.With a vege...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2009

Almond Hotel
N 128F, Sothearos Blvd Corner of Russian Embassy
Phnom Penh
+855 23 22 08 22