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Founded in the 14th century at the confluence of three rivers in southwestern Cambodia, exotic Phnom Penh became capital of the Khmer around 1432—and of Cambodia in 1867. With its dazzling palace spires, fluttering saffron monks' robes, sobering historical sites, and coveted location on the shores of the Mekong, this is one of Asia's true gems. Popular attractions include the graceful National Museum with artifacts dating back to the 4th century; Royal Palace; Silver Pagoda, famous for its floor made of more than 5,000 silver tiles; and the poignant Killing Fields, where hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children lost their lives.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Phnom Penh. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Phnom Penh and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Phnom Penh insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hi I'm Thearith and I look forward to sharing with you all of Phnom Penh's unique history.
This upstairs open air restaurant bar with commanding views of the River and local life along Sisowath river promenade is the gathering place in Phnom Penh. It is a great spot to grab a bite for lunch or dinner or relax with a cocktail.
Haggling at this market requires peering over mounds and mounds of clothing and quality kramas (checkered silk scarfs) worn around the necks, shoulders and waists of nearly every Khmer. It is often referred to as the Russian Market, as back in the 1980’s it was the Russians' retail outlet of choice. It is the best place for souvenir T-shirts and miniature carvings.
Gateway to the Angkor temple complex, Siem Reap in northern Cambodia is positively brimming with things to experience. Capital of the Khmer kingdom from 800 to 1295 AD, mystical Angkor is a vast compound filled with soaring towers, mysterious passageways, moats, palaces, inexplicable face carvings, and some of the most massive religious monuments ever built. Must-see attractions include Angkor Wat, the best preserved of all the temple ruins; Angkor Thom with its Buddhist Bayon Temple; and the temples of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei. Beyond the temples there is bustling Pub Street with a vibrant nightlife; Psar Chaa, the Old Market; and a traditional Apsara dance performance where talented dance performers bring ancient Khmer culture to life.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Siem Reap. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Siem Reap and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host ®will share local Siem Reap insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
I was born in Siem Reap and spent all my time there until I graduated high school in 1993. My first job was with a hotel and later, in 1998, I became a guide. I have been a full-time guide since and enjoy showing guests my home city and the surrounds.
Located in the French Quarter of Siem Reap, Psar Chaa or “Old Market” is where locals come to shop for their everyday needs. As with many local markets, Psar Chaa is a great place to wander around and mix with the locals. It is also the best place to sample authentic Khmer food, which has much in common with Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Rice is the main staple and is often served with pork or fish. Noodles are also popular, as is curry. But for the more adventurous, try the spiced frog, a very satisfying meal. You will also find plenty of shops catering to tourists with items like t-shirts, maps, books, and Buddha heads—all for much less than you would pay in a store. Be prepared to haggle!
Distinctly different from Psar Chaa or “Old Market,” the colorful Night Market was created for tourists. Here you will find stalls selling every type of souvenir you can imagine. There is also a bar and a movie mall at one end. It is located close to the main street that is lined with restaurants and bars, so it makes for a good walk after dinner.
Inspired by old Shanghai this bar is one of Siem Reap’s newest additions. The cherry-red lantern that dangles from the doorway beckons passers-by. Inside, slip into one of the intimate leather booths for an Indochine Martini, a mixture of vodka, ginger cognac and fresh pineapple juice.
Visit the newly opened Angkor National Museum. In eight chronologically ordered galleries many Angkor-era artifacts are on display. Several multi-media presentations give an understanding about Angkor history and culture.
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