Guide to Phnom Penh by First Choice, travel agency in Cambodia
Getting There: There are no direct flights to the Phnom Penh International Airport from the United States. Your best bet is to fly on Thai Airways via Bangkok or on Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Visas are required; obtain them at a local consulate or the airport—and bring a passport-size photo. More information: Phnom Penh airport, travel by train, travel by boat, travel by bus, Phnom penh map
When to Go: The best time to visit is from November to February, when Phnom Penh has temperatures between 80 degrees and 95 degrees. See more: Cambodia weather
Where to Stay
Beach House Kep Beach, Krong Kep; 855-12/240-090; thebeach housekep.com; doubles from $30.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal The French restaurant here is as fine as the restored hotel. 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, off Monivong Blvd.; 855-23/981-888; phnompenh.raffles.com; doubles from $320.
Veranda Natural Resort A peaceful coastal hideaway with thatched-roof villas. Kep Mountain Hillside Rd., Krong Kep; 855-92/948-093; veranda-resort.com; doubles from $20.
Intercontinental Phnom Penh Hotel: 296, Mao Tse Toung Boulevard
Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh: price from US$ 80
Where to Eat
Foreign Correspondents’ Club 363 Sisowath Quay; 855-23/724-014; dinner for two $27.
Le Nouveau Pho de Paris A reliable choice for Sino-Vietnamese food. 26 Monivong Blvd.; 855-23/723-076; dinner for two $16.
Romdeng Restaurant This Cambodian restaurant has excellent local cuisine. It’s staffed by former street kids and is run as a charity. 21 St. 278; 855-92/219-565; dinner for two $20.
What to Do
Central Market Corner of Sts. 67 and 136.
Documentation Center of Cambodia 66 Sihanouk Blvd.; 855-23/211-875; dccam.org.
National Museum Corner of Sts. 178 and 13; 855-23/211-753.
National Theater Sisowath Quay and Sihanouk Blvd.
Royal Palace Samdech Sothearos Blvd., between Sts. 184 and 240.
Russian Market Corner of Sts. 163 and 444, south of Mao Tse Toung Blvd.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum Corner of Sts. 113 and 350; 855-23/216-045.
Wat Phnom (Phnom pagoda) The ancient tomb, atop the only hill in town. Corner of St. 96 and Norodom Blvd.