What do you want to do in Phnom Penh?
There are plenty of activities to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that is perfect for tourists, adventurers, foodies.
Siem Reap gets the majority of the yearly tourist visits in Cambodia because of the Angkor Archaeological Park. It’s true that the temples are majestic, and you need to visit it at least once in your lifetime. But that doesn’t mean that Phnom Penh doesn’t have enough activities that would entice you to stay in this lovely city as well. We’ve compiled together a list of 100 things to do in Phnom Penh. Check this out and let us know if we missed anything.
BE A TOURIST
Yes, you’re new. That means, there are many interesting places that you haven’t seen yet. Other than the usual temples, here are some more places you need to visit while you’re here.
SHOP, SHOP, AND SHOP
Did you really think Bangkok is the only place where you can get cheap finds? Think again! Cambodia’s manufacturing sector comprises ⅓ of the country’s economy. This is actually where famous clothing lines are manufactured. Check out our list below on where you can get Authentic Brands at 50% or more discounts. Drop by any of the best markets in Phnom Penh for food items, jewelry, and electronics.
EAT AND DRINK LIKE A CAMBODIAN
When you’re in Cambodia, eat like a Cambodian. This is the land of herbs and spices and of the famous Kampot pepper used by 5-star hotels. Seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits are abundant and cheap – which makes food in restaurants budget-friendly as well. Here’s a list of the items you absolutely need to try!
DIP INTO THE CAMBODIAN CULTURE
Cambodia is rich in culture and tradition. Everywhere you look, every scene you see – each one tells its own story. From the language they use to communicate, to the abundant street art and building architecture, it tells a story of how the country had surpassed its dark past and rebuilt it into what it is now. Learn the country’s culture by enjoying any of these activities in our list.
LEARN ARTS AND CRAFTS
With Cambodia’s rich culture and heritage, being an artist is easy. There is no end to the various artistic hobbies that you can enjoy in the city. You can be just an avid fan, or a beginner artist. Learn weaving, jewelry making, pottery, and other crafts. Be inspired like the local and international artists that made Cambodia their home. Here’s a list of the activities available for you.
INDULGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT YOU LOVE BACK HOME
Of course if you are staying in Cambodia long term, you will miss the lifestyle and activities in your home country. Fret now – Phnom Penh has it all for you. Scattered around the city are fun and healthy activity options where you can spend your time, meet friends, and have fun.
Thousands of people of different nationalities and various backgrounds fall in love with Phnom Penh, its beautiful tree-lined streets, and its smiling people. If you’re one of them, don’t worry. Aside from the usual touristy activities, you can also indulge in these long term hobbies included in our list.
GET FIT AND HEALTHY
After a few months gorging on delicious Cambodian food and partying at night, it’s time to get those calories controlled again. Stay fit and healthy while living in Phnom Penh by indulging on any health and fitness activities on our list.
ENJOY PHNOM PENH
Being in a different country, far from home, is lonely. Make the most out of your stay by attending group activities and meet-ups where you can meet locals and fellow expats. You don’t have to while away your time cooped up in your room until it’s time to go to work or time to go back home. The adventure and fun of traveling is to learn about the country you’re visiting and meet its people.
Most of the activities in the list we gathered are free, or for a very minimal cost. You don’t need to spend a lot to have fun. All you need is an adventurous spirit, a cheerful smile, and a mind open to accept the cultural differences of each individual you meet. Tick each activity on the list as you complete them. And don’t forget to have fun!