The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, is also the biggest city in the country as well as being the wealthiest and happens to be the commercial and political center too. The city has been here since the 14th century and even though has been badly damaged by numerous wars as well as Phnom Penh’s population being forced out into the countryside to work under the barbaric Khmer Rouge in the 70s, the city today is as welcoming and pleasurable as any other. There are many hidden gems in the city including gorgeous temples, fascinating museums, vintage colonial buildings and vibrant nightlife.
1. Daun Penh and Chamkarmon
The best areas to stay in Phnom Penh are Daun Penh and Chamkar Monas these two areas have the most iconic and must-see tourist attractions in the city. This is also where you will find the Mekong River as well as the best nightlife in the city along with a vast amount of restaurants, which offer various cuisines. Along with the best restaurants, nightlife and attractions that Phnom Penh has to offer, you will also be spoilt for hotels and hostels due to there being plenty of them to pick from. The Central Market, which is well set out and is where you can buy many products including jewelry, clothes, bikes, food and much more.
2. Tuol Kouk
Just behind both Chamkar Mon and Daun Penh is the Tuol Kouk district, which is a vibrant neighbourhood and is well-known for its cafes that sit on almost every corner and cheap hotels and hostels, which make it a great place to stay if on a budget. You will also find a few markets like the Russian Market, where you will find real designer clothes as well as food, jewellery and electronics. There are many traditional restaurants and pubs and is a good cheap option for people on a budget, which is still walking distance from the main areas of the city.
3. Prampir Makara
This small little area is home to an array of restaurants that offer anything from Japanese to American meals as well as a great selection of hotels and hostels that appeal to all tourists. Prampir Makara is a perfect place to stay in due to the location with the waterfront close by and the Royal Palace in walking distance. There are also various small markets that sell food, clothes and souvenirs and the district is home to the Olympic Stadium, which was never really used due to the 1960s Asian Games being cancelled, though it does get used for events.