Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia. It's big, dirty, and strikingly underdeveloped in comparison to Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Most people, including me, end up making a trip here with the purpose of visiting the Killing Fields and Museum of the Khmer Rouge, a tragedy that many people do not learn about in school. 

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the ​Chueng Ek Killing ​Fields

These sobering outings are a necessity of a trip to Phnom Penh. If you have not heard of the Khmer Rouge, you can read about it here as well as view my photo journal from the Cheung Ek Fields. 

The Central Market

I suggest spending a day at the the Central Market (Phsar Thmei). It is a huge yellow building located at Kampuchea Krom and Street 63 selling anything you can imagine. The enormous center is filled with jewelry and the wings contain, clothes, books, art, souvenirs, electronics, food, etc. Go practice your haggling skills - the good thing about the size of this market is if you don't like a price, you can walk away and easily find the same thing the next booth over.  

Nightlife

Image 31I had to go to the Heart of Darkness club because I loved that book by Joseph Conrad in high school. When I was there, if you could get three girls together you got a free bottle of vodka. This is fantastic or terrible news depending on the person.  

Accomodation

Eighty8 Backpackers - They have impressively clean rooms, a bar, decently priced food, happy snacks and a pool. Oh, and they will also organize a bus to your next destination if you ask.