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Why fly to Phnom Penh?
Modern day Phnom Penh is a striking mix of skyscrapers, old French colonialism and traditional Asian serenity.
The capital city of Cambodia was once known as the Pearl of Asia at a time when French architecture reigned supreme. These pretty buildings deserve a visit to appreciate exactly why the pearl monochre emerged.
Phnom Penh is surrounded by the Bassac, Mekon and Tonle Sap rivers. The Chroy Changvar Bridge suspends over Tonle Sap and provides a wonderful photo op as well as a moment for reflection as you see the old bridge dangling between the new and old city. Head to the Wat Phnom hilltop temple, which is a piece of living history and also believed to be a spiritual connection to the city's prominent status in the country
Cambodian cuisines has been left behind when it comes to world recognition, likely due to the neighboring cuisines of Japan and Thailand making their mark early on. However, a taste adventure in Phnom Penh is in order. The city offers up delicious dishes like Lap Khmer which is a rare beef salad combined with lemongrass, garlic and fish sauce. Bai sach chrouk is a dish of delicate slices of grilled pork in a marinade of coconut milk served with rice. Another popular dish is Fish Amok, which is essentially a fish mousse made with ginger, lemongrass, curry and various other spices.
Phnom Penh Weather
Phnom Penh weather shuffles between warm to hot. Temperatures hover from the mid 20s to low 30s throughout the year. The real differentiating factor between the seasons is the amount of rainfall as the city experiences tropical monsoon weather. The rains start in May and the amount of rainfall steadily increases right through to October after which there is a sharp decline.
When to fly to Phnom Penh
Vacationers tend to visit the city after the heavy rains so flights are fairly expensive between November and February. Early summer is also very popular.
Good flight deals can be found for March and April and of course during the heavy rains of September and October.
Getting into Phnom Penh
Visitors will land at Phnom Penh International Airport. From the airport you can either use a private bus company, minibus, shuttle service or taxi to get into the city. If possible, have your hotel arrange a car for you ahead of time for the fastest and easiest way to get to your destination.
Getting around Phnom Penh
Moving around in Phnom Penh requires heavy reliance on various types of taxis. The tuk-tuk is the most commonly used of the taxi options and is essentially a trailer pulled by a motorcycle. You can also use one of the cycle or auto rickshaws. There are also standard taxis, meaning a car with a driver and you in the backseat.
- Unless you have a cast iron stomach, you may want to stay away from the street food. But if you're an adventurer then proceed at your own caution.
- For bargain deals on just about everything from wacky t-shirts to electronics head to the O'Russei market. This is true Asian chaos at its finest so be brave and be prepared with some bargaining prowess.
- You can get the number of a taxi, tuk-tuk driver on your trip and call him when you need him instead of finding a new driver each time. This will establish a relationship and in turn help you on your travels.
- If you want to have a far out experience head to Led Zeppelin's where you can hear metal and rock, play pool and think about the fact that you're doing all of this in
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