2018 – Where will you go when taking a trip to Phnom Penh?

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When it comes to taking a trip to Cambodia, for those who do not have a tendency for stopping off in Phnom Penh will definitely miss out on so many wonderful historical, cultural and environmental attractions. Nowadays, there has no longer the image of the Khmer Rouge or Cambodia’s tragic past. Instead, you have a variety of choices for spending time visiting all charming islands, Khmer era temples, wildlife sanctuaries, performances and museums which are easily accessible by RV Jahan Cruise or Jayavarman Cruise.

Actually, the year of 2018 is coming nearer, which left hard-to-describe eagers for many people who are planning to visit Phnom Penh. Therefore, check out the following ideal destinations of this capital in 2018 for further discovery.

1. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison)

Being established in 1979 and reopened in 1980, the Tuol Sleng museum is renowned as a historical museum memorializing the genocidal crimes of the Khmer Rouge regime. Each year, thousands of Cambodians and foreigners come here like a way to witness varying Khmer Rouge’s meticulous photographic records of their victims displayed as tragic testimony to those who suffered and died in their hands.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:30
Address: Street 113, Tuol Sleng, Phnom Penh
Price Range: US$2 or $6 with guided tour

2. Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Interestingly, in spite of the fact that Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda which locate side by side on Sothearos Boulevard are two separate complexes, you just need to visit both of them in one time by spending about 1.5 hours.
Royal Palace proudly possesses its own incalculable architectural values in which the most striking point is the eco gardens. Especially, within the Royal Palace compound is the extravagant Silver Pagoda, where you can find a model of the temples of Angkor. More wonderfully, this pagoda is named for its floor, which is covered with five tons of standard gleaming silver.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00
Address: Riverside, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Price Range: US$6.50 for The Royal Palace

3. Central Market (Phsar Thmey)

Truthfully, shopping in Phnom Penh’s Central Market is a recreational activity for tourists who intend to buy some souvenirs from this exotic Asian land as well as explore Phnom Penh’s unique architectural design. Coming there at least one time, you surely have a sense of harmony with effervescent crowds from one end to the other. This bustling market stocks everything from food ingredients to clothing items, silverworks and jewelries for you freely to bargain and purchase.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
Address: Street 130, Phnom Penh

4. The Killing Fields

As time goes by, the Killing Fields still exist here like a bone-chilling reminder of Cambodia’s tragic history. Situated17km towards Southern areas of Phnom Penh metropolis, these fields are nothing but the killing lands or burial grounds used by the Khmer Rouge regime during its rule from 1975 to 19767 all over the country. In fact, numerous graves were discovered after the Khmer Rouge fled the city, leading to the construction of a Buddhist monument for more than 15,000 victims in this place.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:30
Address: Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh
Price Range: US$$6 for tourists over 12 years old

5. Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Phrom Temple at Tonle Bati dates back to the period of 9 centuries ago from 1181 to 1219, featuring well-preserved stone carvings and bas-reliefs of Hindu mythologies. This temple which closely resembles the architectural style of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap consists of five chambers in the main sanctuary, each containing a modern Buddha.
Location: 30 km south of Phnom Penh, Takeo Province
Average Price: US$3

6. Independence Monument

Independence Monument was primarily erected with the aim of marking the nation’s liberation from the French who ruled Cambodia for almost a century from 1863 to 1953. Indeed, it is always responsible for a mighty symbol to commemorate people who sacrificed their whole lives for the country’s independence.
Being designed with Angkor-era style and shaped as a lotus-shaped stupa, this monument contains five levels which are all decorated with snake heads. Especially, this monument seems to be more charming in the afternoon when the shadows are highlighting the architecture’s sophisticates. At night, not only being captivating for its refreshing and peaceful atmosphere, but this monument is also beautifully lit up by red, blue and white floodlights, representing the colors of national flag.
Location: Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang Ti Muoy, Phnom Penh

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