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Where to stay in Phnom Penh Province
If you’re considering a trip to Phnom Penh Province in Cambodia, you’ve come to the right place. There are 536 holiday homes available in Phnom Penh Province, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation homes in Phnom Penh Province start at a nightly rate of $39, with 20% of properties priced under $18 per night. Whether you’re seeking a private apartment near Ounnalom Pagoda, a house with a pool close to National Museum of Cambodia, or a place that also gives you close access to Phan Thiet — our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of houses, resorts, hostels, and villas from top travel companies such as Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo, going on a romantic getaway to Phnom Penh Province, or planning a family vacation for 12, we can match you with a rental accommodation that sleeps everyone comfortably. Finding your dream vacation home in Phnom Penh Province, Cambodia has never been this easy.
Vacation house with a pool or hot tub in Phnom Penh Province
Cambodia’s capital and largest city of Phnom Penh sits at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac Rivers in the southern part of the country. The city is logically laid out, but the bus system is not comprehensive. Moto-taxis, tuk-tuks, and taxis are the best way to get around. Phnom Penh International Airport is a 30 minute ride west of downtown, and a new shuttle train recently opened to take travelers from the airport to the main train station.
What Is Phnom Penh Known For?
Phnom Penh has an interesting, but not always obvious European influence due to its long colonial relationship with France. Before 1970, it was known as “Paris of the East.” Historical temples, classical architecture, bustling markets, and Cambodian edginess hide wide boulevards and a quaint riverfront, but only a few French-built buildings still remain intact. Modern Phnom Penh is a good place to explore for a few days and learn about the history and culture of Cambodia before exploring other locales.
A Quick Guide to Phnom Penh
Central Market: A massive maze of a covered market, Central Market is located in a 1930’s Art Deco building that offers anything one could possibly imagine, from flowers to stationary, or even shoes.
Night Market: Down by the riverside, the Night Market has clothes and souvenirs up for grabs, but is best known for the food stalls! Grab a bite and get the true local experience while sitting on a mat on the ground.
Russian Market: Russian Market sells imperfect goods produced in large local factories for companies such as Levis and Ralph Lauren at a heavily discounted price.
Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda: Sparkling with glass tiles, the Royal Palace still remains as the residence of the King of Cambodia. Certain parts are open to the public including the Throne Hall, the Silver Pagoda, and a few buildings around them. The Silver Pagoda received its name because of the 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor that weigh five tonnes. Nearly everything inside the temple is made of precious metals or gemstones, including a life-size solid gold Buddha encrusted with over 2,000 diamonds.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: A school turned into a prison where 14,000 citizens were brutally tortured and killed over a 4-year period from 1975 to 1979. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum has many rooms that remain in the state of their use. The exhibits include many graphic photos, instruments of torture, cracked skulls, and a video made by survivors who were only 12 during this horrific event. Audio tours allow visitors to understand it all while moving at their own pace. The outside gardens are a surreal juxtaposition to the horrors the prison contained. Not an experience for the faint of heart, but it is surely life changing if you decide to go.
The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek: Another sobering site not meant for the tender-hearted — but not as graphic as Tuol Sleng — is a former Chinese cemetery called The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. It’s located 30 minutes outside of the city, and was once the grounds where the Khmer Rouge used to kill thousands of victims. The ground is uneven with plenty of graves, and at the centerpiece is a glass-walled memorial filled with 8,000 skulls.
Popular Destinations Near Phnom Penh
Siem Reap: A once sleepy town is now a major tourist destination known for being the gateway to the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park. Other sights in Siem Reap include Angkor National Museum, the Landmine Museum, and the Central Market. It’s a pleasant city rich with cultural offerings, great food, and a lively expat community.
Battambang: A laid back city northwest of Phnom Penh, Battambang has spent much of its history under Thai law despite being within Cambodia. The city is known for having a small-town feel even if it has a population of 200,000 residents. Many visitors use the city as a base for visiting nearby temple ruins and the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake. The locals have geniously invented the bamboo train on disused rail tracks, which is used to transport both goods and people just a few miles up and down the line. The area is also known for its fresh produce and the first winery in the country.
Best Neighborhoods in Phnom Penh
Daun Pen & Riverfront District : The lively Daun Pen & Riverfront District includes much of the city’s waterfront, and is a popular hangout for the expat community. Many of the sights a visitor might want to have access to are in this neighborhood including Wat Phnom, Royal Palace, Central Market, Night Market, and the National Museum of Cambodia.
BKK1: BKK1 is the place to be for nightlife, from pubs to bars to nightclubs — the area is popular with tourists, expats, and university students. The Independence Monument anchors the northeast corner, and the neighborhood offers an abundance of accommodations and restaurants including many familiar Western comforts.
Tonle Bassac: Between the river and BKK1 lies Tonle Bassac, a cozier, slightly off the beaten path neighborhood with boutique bars, trendy restaurants, and shops. Bassac Lane (Street 308) is a narrow alley packed with chic restaurants and bars. The neighborhood is also home to Aeon Mall, Diamond Island (Koh Pich), Sofitel Hotel, and government ministries.
Home-types in Phnom Penh Province
Phnom Penh Province has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Phnom Penh Province: