Phnom Penh Travel Blog› entry 15 of 22 › view all entries
When arriving in Phnom Penh by boat the first view is formed by the royal palace buildings. Phnom Penh is a city with a positive atmosphere and many old colonial buildings.
First thing we did after having settled in our hotel was to rent a tuk tuk which took us to the hill (Phnom) of Penh. The hill is situated in a roudabout, so take care when crossing the street. At the foot of the hill is a small park. In the park you'll meet beggars and monkeys. Please pay attention for them, normally they're not the nicest creatures! At the top of the hill there's a big white stupa and a nice temple. The view from the top is not so impressive.
Highlight of the city is the Royal Palace. We were lucky that the Korean president was about to visit the palace, so that it was closed to the public. But the nearby Silver Pagoda area was also a great sight. The silver pagoda is set in the midst of a beautiful and peaceful garden. The pagoda it self contains a silver floor, but it's not permitted to film or photograph inside.
On the other side of the Royal palace is the big red building of the national museum. Here as well, no film nor photos. I must admit that it was n't a pity, because the museum peaces were not so impressive. Still, it's worth to walk threough the museum, if you want to spend USD 3 for it.