Phnom Penh in Two Days

Start early to observe the aerobics sessions on the riverfront, then grab breakfast before venturing into the Royal Palace. Next is the National Museum of Cambodia and the world’s most wondrous collection of Khmer sculpture. After lunch at Friends restaurant, check out the funky architecture of Psar Thmei, but save the serious shopping for the Russian Market. Celebrate your shopping coups with a riverside happy-hour drink at FCC, and then a night out on the town.

Start day two with a Khmer Architecture Tours walking tour of the centre, or just wander around Wat Phnom, where Khmers pray for luck. Have lunch on the riverside, then visit the sobering Tuol Sleng museum before continuing on to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. It is a grim afternoon, but essential for understanding just how far Cambodia has come in the intervening years. Wind up your weekend with a sunset cruise on the Mekong River, offering a beautiful view over the Royal Palace.