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How to spend a day in Phnom Penh?For an international traveler, Cambodia offers more than imagination in terms of a rich cultural, natural and historical heritage background. The Capital Phnom Penh situated in the bank side of the three rivers; the Mekong River, the bassac and the Tonle Sap, this beauty made Phnom Penh marked as a Paris of the East. On the following travel blog, I want to write more on how to spend a day in Phnom Penh.

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<ul><li><p>How to spend a day in Phnom Penh </p><p>For an international traveler, Cambodia offers more than imagination in terms of a rich cultural, </p><p>natural and historical heritage background. The Capital Phnom Penh situated in the bank side of </p><p>the three rivers; the Mekong River, the bassac and the Tonle Sap, this beauty made Phnom </p><p>Penh marked as a Paris of the East. On the following travel blog, I want to write more on how </p><p>to spend a day in Phnom Penh. </p></li><li><p>Attractions and Activities to spend a day in Capital Phnom </p><p>Penh </p><p>08:30 The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda: Located in Sothearos Boulevard and while </p><p>they are two separate complexes, they are visited in one complex together. The Royal Palace in </p><p>Phnom Penh was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence for the royal family </p><p>and the foreign ambassador and the dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court </p><p>ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It serves to this day as the Cambodian </p><p>home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. </p><p>The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, </p><p>structures and gardens all located within 500x800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront </p><p>park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya </p><p>Pavilion stand distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street </p><p>sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands </p><p>rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens. </p></li><li><p>Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace </p><p>grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public. Enter from the gate on Sothearos Blvd about </p><p>100 meters north of Street 240. The Complex is open daily from 7:30-11:00 / 2:00-5:00. </p><p>09:45 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the killing fields: Thinking on How to spend a day </p><p>in Phnom Penh makes me to plan and visit something different. This is a quite sobering </p><p>reminder of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful visit (at least to me) but </p><p>visiting Tuol Sleng along with the killing field reveals stories to understand more about the </p><p>Cambodia contemporary status. Millions of peoples were tutored and killed here during the </p><p>khmer rouge time from 1970 to 1975 </p></li><li><p>11:30 Central Market with a Tuk Tuk: The Phsar Thmei, means the new market, has become </p><p>one of the must see visited places when in Phnom Penh, I did follow the routine and hop on a </p><p>Tuk Tuk (a form of motorbike transportation in Cambodia) to visit the central market, there are </p><p>almost anything I this market from photocopied books, maps and Cambodian kramas and </p><p>further out still is the fresh flower section. Phsar Thmei is a good spot for sightseeing, but not </p><p>really for shopping. The vendors often start with such inflated prices but buying or not is all up to </p><p>your negotiations skill, I did buy a Karma for 4 $, the first price was 8 $ </p></li><li><p>13:00 Join a Cooking Class: Before I plan my trip to Cambodia my friend have suggested me </p><p>to take a cooking class, as I love cooking, then I decided to take one of the cooking classes that </p><p>have been suggested to me by Luxury Travel Vietnam (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) , it was </p><p>a good experience, I learn how to cook some khmer dishes but im still not sure if I can make it </p><p>as authentic as in Phnom Penh, lets see </p></li><li><p> 16:30 Boat trip: It is awesome to end your day in Phnom Penh on a boat trip. Luxury Travel </p><p>Vietnam arranged a boat trip on Mekong River on a restored wooden boat to me. Being on the </p><p>Mekong is always much cooler than being on land so escape the heat and have an </p><p>unforgettable experience. I had a nice dinner on board the cruise and ended my night in the </p><p>Phnom Penh. Tired and want to go back to my hotel but the city is vibrant, I met two other fellow </p><p>travelers in the cruise, together, we went for some night life in the old quarters of the city. End </p><p>of the night and that was How to spend a day in Phnom Penh </p></li></ul>