The Royal Palace seen from Royal Palace Park near the Tonle Sap riverside in Phnom Penh.
National Museum of Cambodia
The National Museum of Cambodia. What a fantastic building, mainly strewn with statues but few outstanding pieces and requiring less than an hour to view.
The recently restored National Museum of Cambodia houses a few thousand works of art – mostly statues – (where’s the fine art?) and is located just north of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. The architecture of this museum is magnificent and as much a pleasure to walk around the outside as it is to go inside and see the selection of artefacts in spacious galleries. Display information is lacking, with little in Cambodian language and almost none in English.
The best time to visit Cambodia is during the cool, dry months November – February. November- mid December especially benefits from pleasant, dry, warmth and vegetation that is still verdant after the rainy reason, but obviously the Christmas/New Year period will be crowded and pricey.
Cambodia has a tropical climate and four seasons
Hot & rainy, June-August
Cool & rainy, September, October
Hot & dry, March-May
Cool & dry, November-February
The most uncomfortable time to visit is the ‘green’ season June – August, when it’s hot, wet and humid. Going in the late wet season is not a bad idea from September and October with less heat, less crowds and lower prices. At this time the beauty of Angkor is reinforced by lush greenery.
So that’s about it for Phnom Penh. Maybe I missed something spectacular but as far as Cambodian cities are concerned I’d rather hang out in Siem Reap.
Tourists short of time should certainly visit Angkor Archeological Park and direct international flights are plentiful. Possibly check out Cambodia’s beaches via Sihanoukville (note: not Sihanoukville beaches, places nearby!) if it’s Christmas or New Year time, the best season. But Phnom Penh scores about 2 out of 10 for tourist interest as far as I’m concerned.