Phnom Penh – The overlooked capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh – The overlooked capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh often gets overlooked by travelers who arrive and after 1-day sightseeing immediately head off to the more famous sites like Angkor Wat at Siem Reap further north or down to the islands in the south. It’s well worth taking a little more time if you can, there is a great ex-pat community from all over the world here and it’s a small city really so getting around is easy and cheap. The palace and a lot of the historical places to visit are in the centre near the river and it’s a good location to be based. There is a great food and café/bar culture and I always end up meeting interesting people when I’m here. Local markets and food vendors are everywhere you turn and the skyline is not too overwhelming unlike some other cities in the region. Phnom Penh airport is a small affair and easy to pass through, all you will need is a couple of passport photos and normally around $30-40 US  for your 30-day visa on arrival which most nationalities will get. Customs is simple and fast and just outside you can pick up very cheap sim cards for around $12 which gives you a huge amount of data and calls for 1 month and good connection almost everywhere you are likely to travel. Next, is taxis which are cheap and clean and for around £10 you can get into the middle of town, just be warned that rush hour in Phnom Penh…

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