Phnom Penh Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Phnom Penh

Where is it located?: Phnom Penh is in southern Cambodia on the Mekong River.

Why do people go there?: Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital and is usually one of the first stops into the country. From here, you can find transportation to visit other parts of the country or visit some of the historical sites located not to far from the city.

How do travelers get there?: Travelers arrive by bus, either from Vietnam or Thailand.

Currency: Riel

City Code: 855 (023)

Population: 2 million

Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin, Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages.

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Wat Phnom

Attractions: Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Monivong, Russian Market, Killings Fields

Accommodations: Cambodia Hostels

Tourist Office: Address: 313 Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh; Phone: +855 15 913 483 (mobile); Fax: +855 23 360 356; Email:

Off-the-beaten-path: Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, Ta Prohm Temple

Health Issues: Cholera, Hepatitis, Malaria, Typhoid, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The end of November to the beginning of February are the best times to visit.

Common Phrases: sur sdey=hello, greeting, hi; auh kun=thank you; som tus=I am sorry, I apologize; sok sa bye chea tae?=How are you?/How do you do?/etc..

City Specific Events: Royal Ploughing Festival: May, Bon Om Tuk: November

How to get around?: Motorcycles taxis and standard taxis are the best for getting around the city. They are affordable and you don’t have to hassle with looking for the right bus.

Good to know: Cambodia is still a very poor country and parts of the countryside are still mined.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Phnom Penh is the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Phnom Penh travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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