Explore Phnom Penh in 3 days

Look no further, as Easy Cambodia has crafted the perfect itinerary to ensure you make the most of your 3-day trip. From immersing yourself in the city’s rich heritage and cultural sites to savoring mouth-watering cuisine and indulging in retail therapy, Phnom Penh has it all. Let’s dive into this exciting journey. Ready to explore the capital of Cambodia in 3 days!

Are you ready to explore the vibrant charm of Phnom Penh in 3 days?

Phnom Penh Day 1: Discovering the Heart of the City

Firstly upon arrival at the airport, embrace the local charm by hopping into a tuk-tuk or rickshaw to reach your downtown oasis, like Himawari Hotel. Situated along the majestic Mekong River, this hotel offers breathtaking views that will leave you in awe.

For a delightful lunch experience, head to Le Manolis, an exquisitely remodeled colonial building for a curated experience of fine food, and wine. Don’t forget to try their signature croque monsieur, a true culinary delight. The vintage ambiance with hints of Art Deco adds a touch of elegance to your eating experience. And if you’re up for some evening entertainment, Le Manolis transforms into an attractive night spot with live music and DJs.

the Phnom Penh heritage tour electric bus

Phnom Penh Heritage Tour

Afterward, take the Phnom Penh Heritage Tour to learn more about the city’s fascinating past. Discover renowned sites and architectural wonders that illustrate the city’s colonial past. The Phnom Penh Heritage Tour takes a trip through time to see the locations and buildings that are reminiscent of the French Colonial Phnom Penh. Also with the Phnom Penh history app, you may explore 22 places while traveling in an electric car or tuk-tuk, equipped with a digital tablet and the offered headphones. Take in the realism of a structure with a panoramic effect. After all, observe its original appearance in ancient photographs from the past and admire its details while learning about its past.

The iconic Kanika boat

The Kanika Boat

As the day ends, witness a mesmerizing sunset aboard the Kanika Boat. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Mekong River and admire the breathtaking views of the Riverside and Mekong. With its unique Catamaran design, the Kanika Boat ensures a safe and stable voyage. Sit back, relax, and let the beauty of the surroundings enchant you.

For a memorable dining experience with breathtaking views, head to Le Moon Rooftop and indulge in a delectable dinner as you admire the city’s skyline. The combination of delicious cuisine and stunning vistas creates an unforgettable dining experience.

Phnom Penh Day 2: Immersing in Culture and History

S21 - Toul Sleng Museum
S21 – Photo de Peter Hansen sur Unsplash

S21 Toul Sleng Museum

Exploring Phnom Penh in 3 days is also a cultural journey as you begin your day with a visit to the poignant S21 Toul Sleng Museum. Uncover the heartbreaking stories and learn about Cambodia’s tumultuous past at this former Khmer Rouge prison. It’s a somber reminder of the resilience and strength of the Cambodian people.

Royal Palace and National Museum

Continue your exploration by visiting the magnificent Royal Palace, a grand architectural masterpiece. Marvel at the stunning Khmer architecture, intricate details, and the famous Silver Pagoda, adorned with thousands of silver tiles. The palace’s tranquil gardens provide a serene oasis amidst the bustling city. Just a short walk away, the National Museum awaits, housing a remarkable collection of Khmer art and artifacts. With over 14,000 items, including sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects, it offers a captivating glimpse into Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage.

In front of Royal Palace
Royal Palace

For a delightful lunch near the museums, Phnom Penh offers a plethora of options. From traditional Khmer cuisine to international flavors, you’ll find a restaurant to suit every palate on Street 13.

To gain a unique perspective on Cambodia’s history, make your way to the Sosoro Museum, because a hidden gem that offers a unique perspective on Cambodia’s history. Besides the museum focuses on the interplay between money, the economy, and politics, providing a deeper understanding of Cambodia’s economic development and its impact on society. Engage with interactive displays and informative exhibits that shed light on the country’s complex past and present.

Conclude your day by visiting the iconic Wat Phnom, a serene Buddhist temple situated atop a hill. According to legend, the temple marks the spot where Phnom Penh was founded. Climb the stairs to the top and explore the temple grounds, filled with intricate statues, colorful shrines, and serene gardens. Take a moment to soak in the spiritual atmosphere and as has been noted enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

Phnom Penh Day 3: Relaxation and Retail Therapy

Russian Market /  Tuol Tompoung Market

Kick-start your day by exploring the renowned Russian Market. This bustling marketplace offers a treasure trove of unique crafts, souvenirs, clothing, and vibrant textiles. Bargain hunters will delight in the vibrant atmosphere and incredible deals. The Russian Market is the most popular market among tourists and expats and probably the best place to pick up souvenirs. It does not look like much from the outside but when you get in you will find everything from beautifully hand carved statues, colorful lanterns and handmade silk scarves to clothes. Finally, the reason why it is called Russian market is because it was a popular market among the Russian expats during the 1980s when most of the western expats in Phnom Penh were Russian.

Jeweller in the central market
Jeweller in the central market

Central Market / Phsar Thmei

After that continue your shopping spree at Phsar Thmei, also known as the Central Market. This iconic landmark boasts an impressive array of jewelry, gemstones, clothing, and handicrafts. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy as you explore the labyrinthine alleys. The bright yellow building completed in 1937 has a 26-metre high central dome, with four tall arch-roofed arms branching out diagonally across the block, creating vast hallways housing countless stalls and a variety of goods. Initially designed by city architect Jean Desbois, construction works were supervised by French architect Louis Chauchon. When it first opened in 1937, it was said to be the biggest market in Asia.

Finally for a touch of style and comfort, visit Amboh Espadrille, a boutique that showcases beautifully handcrafted shoes made by underprivileged women. With a pair of these fashionable shoes, you’ll be walking in style throughout your Phnom Penh adventure. After a day of exploration and shopping, treat yourself to a well-deserved relaxation session at Bodia Spa. Unwind and rejuvenate with their luxurious spa treatments that will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized.

Amboh Espadrille
Amboh Espadrille

Phnom Penh is a city brimming with history, culture, and exciting experiences. With our carefully crafted 3-day itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s heritage, savor delectable cuisine, and indulge in retail therapy. Prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with hidden gems and delightful surprises. Get ready to explore Phnom Penh in 3 days!

Meet Anna, a passionate soul who has called Cambodia her home for the past five years. Her heart has been captivated by the enchanting charm of the Khmer culture, the warm hospitality of its people, and the legendary smiles that light up the nation. Anna's mission is to share her deep affection for the Kingdom of Wonder through her blog, where she'll take you on a journey to explore the country's rich culture, delectable cuisine, and the hidden gems of its vibrant cities. Join Anna as she unfolds the beauty of Cambodia, one post at a time.

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