If you are a backpacker, Phnom Penh is a place which you can not miss in your trip in Asia. Walking around Sisowath Quay, visiting France architecture and exploring Phsar Thom Thmei market are free experiences for tourists in Phnom Penh.
Visiting Chrui Changvar Bridge
Chrui Changvar Bridge is also known as the Japan – Cambodia’s Friendship Bridge crossing Tonle Sap River. Furthermore, the bridge is located nearly Wat Phnom, so you spend only 15 minutes to transfer. In 1975, the bridge was almost completely devastated by the war. In 1993, the bridge was rebuilt quite nice and solid with helping from Japan. This will be the ideal place for visitors to have a panoramic view of local life along the Tonle Sap river banks. In particular, the bridge is located near the Royal University of Fine Arts where Cambodia is training dancers, musicians, traditional music, and circus. Therefore, you can also ask permission to visit to learn more about the traditional art of Cambodia.
Walking around Sisowath Quay
The famous amusement park in afternoon and night in Phnom Penh is Sisowath Quay waterfront area. The place is known as a foreign area in Phnom Penh with bars, coffee shops, restaurants and so on. Therefore, when walking around the place, tourists will soak up exciting atmosphere of stores and cool air from the river which creates a wonderful place for tourists. In addition, if you love handicraft products, Siswath Quay is the ideal place for you with a lot of the handicraft items are sold along the roadside.
Visit of French colonial architecture
Along with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are French colonies during the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Hence, there is a lot of French colonial architecture in there. You can walk around the city and take pictures with building with French architectural style such as the Post city, the French Cultural Center and so on.
Phsar Thom Thmei Market
Phsar Thom Thmei market is the famous and attractive market in Phnom Penh. The impressive market was built from 1939 and sold a lot of rich items such as clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts items.
If you are not shopping lover, the market is the suitable place for learn more about architecture and local culture.
Admiring the Independence Monument
Independence Monument was constructed in 1958 and inaugurated November 9, 1962, to mark the ninth year of Cambodian independence from foreign oppression. The work is the work of Vann Molyvann who is a Cambodian architect. He used almost all the traditional motifs of ancient Khmer architecture. The monument is located in the large square at the crossroads between the Norodom road and the road Sihanouk which has seemed as places to attract a large number of visitors to Phnom Penh.