Step by step, I’ll try to give you all the useful info on the various stops in Cambodia.
This journey starts in Phnom Penh. I suggest staying in PP for 3 nights.
My tips on places to see, starting from the Northside of Phnom Penh:
– Al-Serkal Mosque and neighbouring Street 93 with the most beautiful murals in the city
– Wat Phnom Temple gives its name to the city, crouched on the top of the hill under which it is said that Naga, the legendary snake symbol of the Cambodian people (snake with 7 heads that you will see everywhere) is hidden.
– Rosewood Hotel: you can go to the Skybar to enjoy the night view over the whole city. Dress code is required
– Bohr’s Book store: for second-hand books in English (and other languages). Interesting titles from $1 to $4
– Wat Ounalom Pagoda (free)
– The Flicks Community Movie Theater: with $4 per you can stay here and watch movies all day long. They have over 700 books to exchange. It is forbidden to bring food from outside
– Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ($8 with audio guide) absolutely unmissable and very strong. Bring your earphones so you can attach them to the audio guide and listen in 2 for the price of 1.
Street food, local food and Restaurants
– Dine at Phnom Penh Night Market. Take a basket and put what you want into it. They will fry everything and you can eat it sitting on the picnic-type rugs. The cost of a whole basket for two is $4. With $1 you can try their sugar cane and lime drink
– Heng Heng Seafood: only fish and seafood, all delicious. 3 fish dishes and 2 beers, $10 each. Try dishes with Kampot’s green pepper heads
– Lunch at the Khmer Women Food: Amok fish with red curry, coconut and lemongrass is a must-try
– Street food at Phsar Kandal Market or Tuol Tom Pong Market (a bit out of the way)
Things (still) in my to-do list:
– National Museum of Cambodia ($10)
– Royal Palace ($10)
– Botumvatey Temple
– Katy Peri’s Chicken & Pizza
– Farm to Table
– Khmer Organic Cooperative
– The Nail Bar (where you have a drink, manicure and pedicure with $8)
– Eleven One Kitchen
– Choeung Ek Memorial (10km from the city centre, you need a tuk-tuk)
– Monkey Temple
– Golden Temple
– SIM Card: I chose the CellCard company and with $10 I have unlimited national calls and 80GB to use in a month. They also gave me 2 free beers to drink at the Hard Rock Cafè. 😛
– Download PASSAPP and book your tuk-tuk ride with that. It’s impossible to bargain with tuk-tuk drivers on the street, they have very high prices
– Buy bus tickets on CAMBOTICKET – use the discount code ALI186 or on checkmybus.com
– Walk by the river, at night and during the day. Try street food with crabs and snails
– Be careful, there’s a lot of people being robbed, also of the phone while walking down the street
– Heng Heng Laundry deliver in a few hours for $1.50/kg