How much time do I really need in Phnom Penh?
Replies: 35 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2012 4:13 AM Last Post By: LFSwiss
Jul 5, 2012 2:42 AM
How much time do I really need in Phnom Penh?Hey all,
I will be travelling through PP (from Saigon via Mekong) on my way to Siem Reap. I know that many people skip PP entirely, but I am interested in S-21 and the Cheoung Ek killing fields, as well as maybe another thing or two. And os I am wondering: If I arrive via fast boat from the Vietnam border (which of course could be any time from 1 to 5 PM ), would I have enough time to visit S-21, Cheoung Ek, Wat Phnom and the Russian Market?
I was thinking, depending on when I arrive, I would check in and go straight to S-21, as it is in the city (open until 5, my info tells me), then to Wat Phnom (open until 6, but I'm thinking I'll be there by 4:30, how much time should I budget to spend there?), then the Russian Market, which, as a market, I assume is open later.
I would then go to Cheong Ek in the morning before catching a bus to Siem Reap (I'm told the last one is at 12:30, which seems early, can anyone confirm that?).
I only have a limited amount of time to get from Saigon to Bangkok, but I would like to be able to see some of PP while I am passing through.
Jul 5, 2012 2:59 AM
1I spent 4 hours reading in S 21 when I first went there - very interesting. Cheoung Ek is also interesting too, these two can take most of a morning then visit the russian market if you want later in the afternoon. You can walk by Wat Phnom anytime, its not special, its better viewed from a distance. I think you'll struggle to do it all in an afternoon.
Do wat phnom and Russian Market on the afternoon you arrive and then get up then next day and go to Cheoung Ek, followed by S21 before boarding your bus when you get finished. You'll be able to sort it out at your guesthouse.
Sorya Transport have buses going to SR all morning and 1.15pm, 3.45pm and 5.45pm, so you could have most of the day in PP before you depart. I'm sure the others do too.
Keep in mind that if you leave later it will be evening when you arrive in SR (7hrs), if possible book a room ahead to avoid the hassle upon arrival. Choose one and get your guesthouse to call them for you.
Jul 5, 2012 3:17 AM
2get to te sleung for 830am and make sure yopu catch the video at 945 after that head for Russian mkt which is 1km away and just awalk or tuk tuk after browsing through the tourist Tat have lunch there within mkt great food and drinks to be had after ehad back to town and do National museum and next morning head for sorya bus siem reap your GH will book it and they will collect you
Jul 5, 2012 3:20 AM
3'Last' bus to Siem Reap... Mekong Express left about 1230 as I recall. It's about 6 hours and gets in at dusk. I couldn't get on the earlier one and the 1230 was full also, so the first thing you have to do on arrival is book your transport north... otherwise you'll be travelling on dodgey busses or at night (not recommended). That will dictate how much time you actually have in PP (short) and how much you will actually see (not a lot).
You need a couple of days minimum - doesn't sound like you have it. Skip the Russian Market - save the tick for something else.
Jul 5, 2012 3:44 AM
Jul 5, 2012 4:12 AM
Jul 5, 2012 4:17 AM
Jul 5, 2012 4:25 AM
7I would say you could spend one full day in Phnom Penh to cover all the sights.
Jul 5, 2012 5:13 AM
Jul 5, 2012 5:31 AM
9I only have a limited amount of time to get from Saigon to Bangkok, but I would like to be able to see some of PP while I am passing through.
Too little to see anything. What about the National Museum? It houses all the grade A stuff. You'll see no interiors at Angkor and just B and C grade stuff at the Thai National Museum in Siem Reap.
Jul 5, 2012 5:53 AM
10I entirely agree with Henning, spend 2 full days there to see the sights. To miss the treasures at the National Museum would just be stupid...
Jul 5, 2012 9:54 AM
Jul 5, 2012 2:39 PM
12PP was the highlight of my SE Asia trip in terms of sightseeing, but I only spent one day sightseeing. I set out at 8am and went to S21 (for three hours) followed by the Killing Fields (for a further three hours), before concluding the day at the Royal Palace, I left around 4pm. S21 was terrific, make sure you hire a tour guide (for 3 USD). The tour guide really adds colour to the whole experience which would otherwise be an inexplicable mishmash of photographs and torture equipment. Despite staying on in PP for a few more days I didn't go anywhere else, but was more than satisfied with what I saw - so 1 day in PP is doable.
Jul 5, 2012 2:42 PM
Jul 5, 2012 5:51 PM
My main issue I am trying to figure out is that my 24 hours are a bit odd, 1PM-12:30PM the next day, so some of the suggested itineraries suggested don't make sense.
Maybe I should do the national museum the afternoon I arrive and then S-21 and the killing fields the next morning? I just worry about having enough time to get to both and make the 12:30 bus. What do y'all think?
If there iss indeed a 2:30 bus, though, that would be perfect.
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