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Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PNH)

          For the sights, set aside two or three days for the major points. Though it is possible to squeeze the most important sights into a single day, this leaves very little time at each location. Popular sights include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge 'Killing Fields,' the National Museum, the Russian Market, Central Market and Wat Phnom. Except for the 'Killing Fields,' which are about 16km from the city center, all of the major sights are inside the city within a five or ten minute ride of each other.

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Top Things to See and Do in Phnom Penh

- Royal Palace
          You can see the old royal palace in the heart of the city. The Royal family doesn't live here anymore, but there are some good temples and architecture around.

- The Silver Pagoda
          The Silver Pagoda has murals running around its outer wall which tell the story of the Ramayana. Within the grounds are five stupas, with the two largest to the east containing the ashes of King Norodom and King Udung (the two most famous kings of modern Cambodia).

- The Central Market
          This art-deco ziggurat seems very out of place in Phnom Penh. A huge dome with four wings, it's a wonderful place to seek refuge from the midday sun and a fascinating market to wander through.

- Choeung Ek and Toul Sleng
          These are the infamous killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. Choeung Ek is a series of exhumed mass graves, with a stupa at its center filled with the skulls of hundreds of men, women, and children.

- Independence Monument
          Every Cambodian capital has one, but the monument in Phnom Penh is the finest. Designed by famed architect Vann Molyvann, it was inaugurated in 1958 to mark Cambodia's independence of French rule and now also serves as a defacto war memorial.

- Phnom Chisor Temple
          It may be a 42 km. drive out of the city, but this temple located atop a large hill is worth a visit both for the ruins and the view. The temple was originally named for the sun, which serves as a reminder to tourists.

- Wat Ounalom
          If you aren't sick of temples yet, check out this one which is located on the Sisowath Quay. It is considered Phnom Penh's most important wat.

- The Russian Market
          Popular with expats and tourists for buying pirated DVDs and CDs, fake designer clothing, handicrafts, this place got its name from the Russians who shopped here in the 1980s.

- The Cambodian Performing Arts Center
          This is a small traditional dance school were visitors are welcome to watch students in training or, if set up in advance, a fully costumed performance can be seen.

- The National Museum
          The magnificent National Museum houses thousands of artifacts and works of art from the more glorious periods of Cambodian history. There are more than 5,000 pieces on display with the vast majority from the Angkor period.

- Shoot a gun
          This is an odd ball attraction, but for those that are into shooting guns, you can fire any weapon you want here. There are about 50 different kinds of weapons that you can fire, set off, and throw-many of which require licenses everywhere else in the world or are entirely illegal. If you want, you can even blow up a cow.

Things to Do in Phnom Penh Cambodia - Attractions and Tourism