Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PHNOM PENH

BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
Café Metro – Sisowath Quay and Street 148; 011-855-23-222-275; stylish bar with international fare and terrace overlooking river.
Chow – Sisowath Quay Road (at Quay Hotel); 011-855-23-224-894; chowthequayhotel.com; slick bar with Asian fusion food and urban vibe.
Foreign Correspondents’ Club – Sisowath Quay; 011-855-023-724-014; www.fcccambodia.com; hip bar.

HOTELS
Pavilion – 227 Street 19; 011-855-23-22-280; thepavilion.asia.com; pleasant boutique hotel in fine location with good food.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal – 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh (Sangkat Wat Phnom, off Monivong Boulevard); 011-855-800-637-9477 or 800-768-9009; raffles.com; restored in 1997; excellent service and lovely furnishings.

RESTAURANTS
Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant – Sisowath Quay; 011-855-23-427-209; bopha-phnompenh.com; Khmer specialties.
Café Metro – Sisowath Quay and Street 148; 011-855-23-222-275; stylish bar with international fare and terrace overlooking river.
Chow – Sisowath Quay Road (at Quay Hotel); 011-855-232-24-894; chowthequayhotel.com; slick bar with Asian fusion food and urban vibe.
Friends – 13th Street (House 215); 011-855-12-62-1509; friends-international.org; staffed by former street children.
Khmer Surin Boutique Guesthouse – 9 57th Street (Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkarmon); 011-855-012-887-320, 011-855-012-797-539, or 011-855-023-993-163; khmersurin.com.kh/restuarant.html; for amok, country’s best known dish (fish wrapped inside banana leaves and steamed in curried, herbed coconut milk); also for pak lov (pork in palm sugar and star anise).
Pavilion – 227 Street 19; 011-855-23-22-280; thepavilion.asia.com; boutique hotel with good food.
La Residence – 22/24 Street 214 (former prince’s palace); 011-855-23-224-582; la-residence-restaurant.com; expensive and delicious, French colonial food.
Yumi – 29a Street 288; 011-855-92-163-903; theyumi.com; excellent Japanese food by English chef.

SHOPPING
Russian Market – Corner of 163rd and 444th Streets; crafts section has hand-woven silks and silver jewelry.

SIGHTS & SITES
Central Market (Phsar Thmay) – between 126th and 136th Streets (city center); 011-855-23-216-666; 1937 Art Deco landmark; towering cruciform rotunda with 4 wings.
Stupa Ossuary – Choeung Ek (commune, Dangkor District, south of Phnom Penh); 011-855-23-880-278; cekillingfield.com; also known as “Killing Fields”; contains genocide victims’ skeletal remains.
Tonle Sap River Cruises – 130th-144th Streets (try also Passenger Port near 104th Street and/or Sisowath Quay); phnompenh.gov.kh/phnom-penh-city-river-cruises-160.html; short (sunset) cruises along Phnom Penh riverfront are easy to arrange and offer interesting city view; typically takes about 1-2 hours; see National Museum, parks, Phnom Penh skyline, and Royal Palace; then, across Tonle Sap River, travel up Mekong River to view floating fishing villages; tourist boats (varying quality and size) wait along riverfront.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum – 113th Street (Boeng Keng Kang, south of city center); tuolsleng.com; 011-855-23-300-698.

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