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1 day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The third country in my list, Cambodia. We have stayed in the capital city, Phnom Penh for a couple of days, but the places we've been to can be visited in one day so I'm listing them down if you ever get a day in Phnom Penh before going to Angkor Wat or maybe Thailand or another country.

The first time I arrived, the traffic from a province outside Phnom Penh surprised me although of course I understand as the government was developing the road to make it a better one for all travelers.

And my first impression in the city was that it was so peaceful. There were a lot of cars but I don't see traffic that much. Air was clean and sidewalks are wide.

So I'll start on the places where you can go to. Well, if you are staying in a hotel near the Independence Monument, all you need is to walk the whole day. 
Brace yourself for a whole day of walking, prepare a liter of water and enough money.

First place to visit is the Independence Monument and the park where the Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk is located.

Independence Monument

Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk

Afternoon shot


Then go to the end of this park and turn left, where you will see another park. It's the Wat Botum Park.
Where you can sit on some benches and enjoy the April shower, relax after walking, and or buy some snacks or drinks nearby.

If you have enough time, you can go inside the Royal Palace before they go for lunch just walk straight to the end of the park. 

Since we walked late, we arrived late and it was lunch time. Lunch break was for 2 hours, so we couldn't wait and decided to walk to the river to enjoy the view and to the Royal Palace Park where you can feed and try to chase pigeons.

Where the pigeons rest away from people.
And around that area, you can find a lot of ethnic restaurants to enjoy lunch. But if you left early from your hotel, you can continue walking northbound through Samdach Sothearos Boulevard, but before you go straight ahead, you can have a stop over at Wat Ounalom to just check out their temple, pray, take a photo, or relax.

The entrance
This is free, so you can just come inside.

The detailed fence of the temple.
From there, you can walk through the street near the river or go left and find Preah Norodom Boulevard then go right to the north side and head to Wat Phnom park. This park is round and the temple is on top of the hill. Full of trees and benches where you can rest under the sun when it is too hot, which we did.

However, you need to pay a small amount to enter this park.
The front face of the temple on the top of the hill. You can just freely go inside but remove your shoes outside before you do.

The stairs to the top, shortcut if you don't want to walk around and around.

The walking path surrounding the temple.
We found stray cats in the area and was being fed by an old woman who seems to be having a hard time making ends meet. We had extra food from the Indian food where we went and decided to put it in a goody bag to be eaten back to the hotel. However, we decided to give it to her. She was so kindhearted that she gave it to the cats instead. Mixing the soup with the rice that she got and the cats ate them.

If you happen to be there, you may feed the cats and even pat them. You can also try to help the old woman if you ever see her.

Then, you can go to the Central Market to buy souvenirs. Too bad I don't have a lot of photos of it. I'll add more when I can.
The dome of the central market
After shopping, you can still go to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the afternoon. It will just take 32 minutes walk from the Central Market. Just go south through Preah Monivong Boulevard. 
We suggest you take an audio tour to be able to understand the history. Although it will cost a little more, you could feel as if everything had just happened a few years back. Also, it won't feel like you are reading a part of the history by the book. And it's easier to understand why it has became a museum today. 
Also, there are traditional dance shown late in the afternoon, so you might want to see it as well.





After this visit, you may go to Aeon Mall for a change of pace or just go back to your hotel, either take a bath/shower or enjoy a swim in a pool and relax for your next travel.

If you have any comments, questions, and suggestions, feel free to do so. Have a great day and enjoy your trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

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1 day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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