Phnom Da built in the 6th century is best reached by speedboat.

Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh has had a rough time over the last few decades with political chaos, bloody regimes and regional wars. However, since the UN-sponsored elections in 1993, the city has slowly gotten up, dusted itself off and developed into a popular traveler’s destination. In fact, it is its colorful past which attracts many visitors today. The remnants of French colonial architecture and cafe culture along its leafy green boulevards, intrigues from the US-Vietnam war and the Khmer Rouge legacy layer amongst the ancient Khmer temples, exotic markets and friendly people.

Positioned at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, Phnom Penh has a lot to offer, both culturally and geographically. It also provides a great starting point for a river cruise to Siem Reap and Saigon, or overland trips south into the Cardamom Mountains and southern beaches.

Smiling Albino has developed a series of day adventures to keep even the most demanding traveler happily occupied in Phnom Penh for some time. From the sobering sites left by the Khmer Rouge to enlightening architectural curiosities… the bustling central markets to museums and royal palaces… riverside stilted villages to countryside rural development projects… cycling to ox carts… animal sanctuaries to boat rides to ruins that predate Angkor by hundreds of years, there is a whole lot more to see and do in and around Phnom Penh than you might think.

Round off your day’s adventures at the trendy alleyways around Tonle Bassac area for a pre-dinner drink and dine at one of Phnom Penh’s many haute Khmer cuisine restaurants. Phnom Penh will not disappoint. Contact us for more information or to book a Holiday in Cambodia!