Key Places - Cambodia to Vietnam
Angkor to Ho Chi Minh City
Combining Khmer culture, French colonial architecture and the modern high rise Phnom Penh has much to offer to the visitor. With a population of 2 million, the Cambodian capital is also its commercial economic and political centre. Highlights include the sumptuous Silver Pagoda with 5000 silver floor tiles located in the Royal Complex, the Royal Palace and the ancient Wat Phnom temple, set apart from the bustling streets. The city's Psar Tuol Tom Pong (Russian Market) or the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) offer an opportunity to do some bartering.
You can stroll along the river front promenade where there are many cafes and restaurants and boutique hotels. You will find galleries and silk boutiques in the side streets.
A short distance from central Phnom Penh is the Tuol Sleng museum, the former prison also known as S21, and the killing fields, a harrowing reminder of the Khmer Rouge atrocities of the 1970's. The museum can be reached by taking a tuk tuk.
"The cycling itself was very enjoyable. Very flat, apart from the regular small bridges. Pace was relaxed. The absence of spectacular scenery after leaving the Angkor region, both in Cambodia..."
Janet & Mark Basi