What are the best things to see and do in Phnom Penh?

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Lindsay Muscato

Phnom Penh is a unique city topped off with unique things to see and do (monkeys included). Here are things that Forbes Travel Guide recommends:
1. Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. The palace offers stunning architecture and a quick introduction to Cambodian history and culture. While the king’s living area is off-limits, you’ll be able to stroll through the Silver Pagoda compound as well as the Throne Hall and Chan Chhaya Pavilion.
2. Street 240. Off the main tourist track, shoppers will love Street 240, where they can check out the little shops filled with unique clothing, gifts and housewares.
3. Wat Phnom. A trip to this temple on a hill makes for a peaceful break from the city streets. Walk around the surrounding park or light incense and meditate with other visitors. Just don’t feed the monkeys (it’s prohibited). One dollar allows entry to the top of the temple.
4. The Foreign Correspondents Club. Set in a welcoming French colonial-style building, Phnom Penh’s Foreign Correspondents Club is a great spot for a cold beer while watching the activity in the quay below. Plus, there is rollicking live music on the weekends and a rotating series of events like salsa dancing classes.
5. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This spot is crucial to understanding the larger context and tragic history of Phnom Penh. Spend an extra $6 to hire a guide and hear the full story of how today’s Cambodia has emerged from one of the world’s most horrific human experiences.

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