Phnom Penh Journals

Free time in Phnom Penh

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A travel journal to Phnom Penh by MichaelJM

Wat Phnom Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia More Photos
Quote: As the water festival had been cancelled we were going to make the most of our time in Cambodia's Capital City

Wat Phnom

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Attraction | "A visit to Wat Phnom"

Wat Phnom Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Wat Phnom was recommended to us as a place to visit and before we did so our guide was anxious that we understood the historical and religious significance of the site. The story goes that a wealthy woman by the name of Daun Penh found a large Koki Tree in the river and decided that the timber would be ideal for the house she was having built. However, in a hollow in the tree she found four bronze statues of Buddha together with a stone statue of Vishnu. She knew the sacred significance of these relics and so she had a small hill built by the local people and on it she built a shrine to house the holy items. The site soon became recognised as a sacred place for people to visit and they brought offeri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2013

Wat Phnom
Norodom Boulevard
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Choeng Ek Memorial-The Killing Fields

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Attraction | "A grizzly site to visit"

Choeng Ek Memorial-The Killing Fields Photo, Cambodia, Asia
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Of course no visit to Phnom Penh would be complete without a visit to the killing fields. No matter how gruesome it may seem this historical site of Choeung Ek is, in my view, a must see if you’re in Cambodia. The main attraction of the site is a first class audio guide that enables you to walk the site in your own pace and "drill down" into further detail if you’re interested. It’s a grisly experience because on this one site alone there were around 17,000 Cambodians (and nine westerners) killed between 1975 and 1978. Apparently across the country Pol Pot’s regime was responsible for the extermination of almost 1.7 million people. And if that wasn’t enough they were killed in horrendous f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 27, 2011

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

The King's in Town

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The King accepts a greeting Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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When we’d been on our City Tour (see separate journal) our guide had mentioned that at 4.00pm on 11th November the King of Cambodia and the Prime Minister would be turning off the flame in the independence monument. The Independence monument is a fantastic memorial on the main road through the town close to the Royal Palace. It was erected to celebrate their independence, from almost 100 years of French Colonial rule, in 1953. This huge Stuppa shaped red stone monument reaches high into the sky proclaiming the joy of the people to the heavens above. Around the square were huge photographs of the king, the previous king and his wife and banners confirming that the king was celeb...Read More

A free day in town and a trip to market

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Flower Market Photo, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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We had a free day in Phnom Penh and decided that we’d spend the morning visiting the local sights that hadn’t been incorporated into our planned itinerary with the tour company. So having spoken with our guide about what "was left to see" he came up with the suggestion that we could hire a Tuk-Tuk driver for the day and visit the Killing Fields 15 kilometres out of Phnom Penh as well as checking out some more of the sights in town. To be honest the thought of a 10 mile ride in a Tuk-Tuk wasn’t overly exciting and to contemplate the journey on some of the poorly maintained Cambodian roads wasn’t something we fancied. So, having sussed out that the cost by Tuk-Tuk would be around $20 we ask...Read More

Samaky Restaurant and Lounge

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Restaurant | "A place to chill"

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This small cafe restaurant was our preferred place for a rest and a replenishment of our liquids levels. It was only a hop skip and a jump away from the hotel and operated its happy hour between 3.00 and 7.00 pm.Our first visit was made on our first day when we needed a decent snack to see us through until dinner time. The Samaky Restaurant and Lounge looked ideal because they had an extensive snack menu and during their happy hour draught beer was only 75 cents for a glass.We ordered our beer and with it came a decent bowl of peanunts. This bowl turned out to be a magic bowl because as soon as it was emptied it was replaced with a full one. Indeed one afternoon when my wife an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2011

Samaky Restaurant and Lounge
Street 51
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 70600017