After our amazing visit to Siem Reap, we hopped onto a local bus and made our way to Phnom Penh. The capital city of Cambodia.
Another bus. Another dusty road.
The bus ride was a mini adventure on its own. A local bus with no actual working windows or closing door. Dust from the dirt roads crept in from everywhere. Everyone was coughing. The road was very bumpy and we had to stop at every small town to pick up more people.
With our luck, we had another failed booking. As we got to our accommodation they were full. So we left our guesthouse, just before it got dark, in search for another room.
Eventually we ended up in some random hotel. One massive room on the 4th floor.
For us, Phnom Penh was a 2 day stopover before we head out over the border into Vietnam.
During our 2 day visit, we found quite a few things to do. (All of them FREE of course!)
By just walking and exploring the streets of Phnom Penh, we realized that this city has so much to offer!
1. Take a walk to the independence monument.
Built as a reminder for Cambodia’s independence from France, this brown monument is quite a striking feature. The monument stands across the buzzing city streets with the Cambodian flag waving in the wind. At the monument there is a lovely walkway and a park where you can sit and relax. Amazing what you can see by just sitting for 5 minutes, watching the traffic.
2. Sihanouk Statue
A large brown statue of King Sihanouk, situated close to the independence monument.
3. Central Market
Visit the Central Market. From souvenirs to local food, this market is quite an experience! It is located in a massive dome, with little pathways and stalls. Make sure you go early! The market gets very busy so be prepared! Everyone wants to sell you something and you might get people pulling at your shirt trying to show you their goods for sale.
4. Just get out and take a walk!
Just walk around the city and explore the streets!
Phnom Penh has lots of places to explore and things to see. From the most interesting architecture to meeting other travelers on the road, you really don’t want to be stuck in your hotel room the whole day do you?
Try some local food and go chill in a park. If you get lost, see if there is a traffic official close by that can point you in the right direction. Just keep on smiling and enjoy every minute of this buzzing city!