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The best areas to stay in Phnom Penh

Hotel in Chamkar Mon

Not only being the biggest city in Cambodia, Phnom Penh, the capital city, is also a popular destination of tourists coming to Cambodia. As having the most iconic and must-see tourist attractions in the city, these two areas of Daun Penh and Chamkar Mon are the best areas to stay in Phnom Penh. Besides the Mekong River, they are also where you can find the best Phnom Penh’s nightlife together with a wide range of restaurants offering various cuisines.  Indochina holidays

Daun Penh

Daun Penh

Daun Penh -source: internet

Straddling along the rivers, the Daun Penh, which is one of the busiest and liveliest neighborhoods of Phnom Penh, is one of the most favorite places to visit. As it is a great way to start your sightseeing tour of the capital, many tourists arriving in Phnom Penh are interested in going straight to the waterfront and admire the beauty of the city from this position. Well known as Sisowath Quay, the waterfront is an attractive promenade that is wonderfully accompanied by stunningly-looked after trees and gardens together with bars cafes, shops as well as people trying to sell you tickets for drinking establishments and interesting shows.

It gets a carnival-like atmosphere, which brings much fun time and friendliness with it as it is usually quite busy. You can also get tickets along the promenade and get on river cruises, which are well worth a gander as they provide you with detailed information on the history of the city. The magnificent Royal Palace, one of the main tourist attractions of Phnom Penh is waiting when you walk along the river from north to south.

The Silver Pagoda

The Silver Pagoda -source: Internet

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Silver Pagoda, which were a mix of French and Cambodian designs built in the 19th century are the most outstanding things to see here. Among a wide collection of French-colonial buildings in Daun Penh, the Grand Post Office building as well as many offices that are housed in these colonial buildings is well worth visiting. The Central Market, a well set out market, where you can buy many products including food, bikes, clothes, jewellery and much more is another particular colonial building happens to house.

If you are thinking about where to go for food and drinks, the waterfront, where you can find the best, most reasonable and widest range of both pubs and restaurants, is an ideal place. Here, travelers will have no difficulty finding Western restaurants and pubs next to traditional Cambodian style places together with many other cuisines to check out along the way. The same goes for the highest concentration of hostels, guesthouses and hotels found in this area with some of the most incredible views of the city. Vietnam holidays

Chamkar Mon

Hotel in Chamkar Mon

Hotel in Chamkar Mon-source: Internet

Just to the south of Daun Penh, this area of Chamkar Mon, which carries along down the river, is a little more tranquil. Being home to one of the most Cambodia’s famous prisons, S-21 Prison, which has been changed into the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, this area is a must see for travelers fond of Cambodia’s history. The Aeon Mall, the largest western-style shopping center in Phnom Penh and the Independence memorials after the departure of the French in 1953 are other things to see. Again, travelers will meet no difficulty finding the best food, pubs and accommodation here because most of them are available on Samdach Sothearos Boulevard.

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Tuol Kouk

Tuol Kouk

Tuol Kouk -source: internet

The Tuol Kouk district which is just behind both Daun Penh and Chamkar Mon, is an amazing neighborhood famous for its cafes sitting on almost every corner. If you go on a budget, this area with a wide range of cheap hotels and hostels, is such a great place to stay. tThe Russian Market, where you can find real designer clothes together with electronics, jewellery and food, is one of a few markets you can find here. Still walking distance from the main areas of the city, various traditional pubs and restaurants are a good cheap option for people on a budget.

Prampir Makara

Hotel in Prampir Makara

Hotel in Prampir Makara -source: internet

Being home to a great selection of hotels and hostels that appeal to all travelers together with an array of restaurants offering anything from Japanese to American meals, the little area of Prampir Makara is a perfect place to stay in thanks to the ideal location with the Royal Palace in walking distance and the waterfront close by. In addition to the Olympic Stadium, this area is also home to various small markets that sell souvenirs, clothes and food.

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