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Phnom Penh walking tour

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At first glance Phnom Penh might not appear to be much of a walking city, but it is actually an excellent place for a walking tour— as long as you pace yourself, drink plenty of water and are sure to look in all directions—including up!

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This walking tour starts in the north of the city, in front of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and finishes at the Independence Monument down in the centre of the city. If you follow our route exactly, you’re looking at around 6.5km all up, which is why we have broken it up into three sections, each of a little over 2km in length. You could do the whole thing in one long day and we’ve outlined it in that manner, but you could just as easily split it over three days, or not do all of it.

Always be sure to look up to see what the trees are hiding. Photo taken in or around Phnom Penh walking tour, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Always be sure to look up to see what the trees are hiding. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Remember this is a guide not a gospel, and as Phnom Penh is such a great walking city, don’t be concerned about wandering off piste along the way should something else grab your attention—you can always rejoin the route later. We’ve given suggestions for stops, should you feel like a coffee, a snack or an iced cold beer (or all three) and have linked out to other, more detailed pages when appropriate.

You don’t need a guide for any of this and while you could do it by bicycle, the best way is on foot. Pace yourself, wear a hat, and remember to drink lots of water. If you’d like something more ordered, with a guide to answer your questions, we strongly recommend you consider a tour with Khmer Architecture Tours—they are excellent.

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