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PHNOM PENH

From the ornate roofs of the Royal Palace to the glistening steel of Vattanac Tower, Cambodia’s capital is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern. Even as the skyline reaches ever upward, the city manages to retain a small-town vibe. With swanky bars and restaurants fit to grace any capital, this buzzing city is definitely on the up
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CENTRAL MARKET

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Blending modernism with Angkorian motifs, this buttercup yellow trading hub offers a glimpse into local market culture, minus the intensity of decidedly more cramped alternatives. Selling all manner of tourist fare as well as electronics, jewellery and everything in between, a trip to Central Market should be on every visitor’s to-do list. We’d recommend arriving early and hitting the food section, where you’ll be confronted with all manner of unusual produce, not to mention a cornucopia of fresh seafood and meat being chopped and preened before your very eyes.

Categories: Activities, Phnom Penh
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Finding transport is rarely an issue in Phnom Penh. The most atmospheric way to get around is via tuk tuk, but be sure to negotiate a price before getting in. Taxis are also becoming popular and are easily ordered via ride-hailing apps – we recommend Exnet, though others are available.

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A number of regionally brewed lagers will vie for your attention on menus throughout the country, and which is the best is the subject of much debate. Angkor and Cambodia Beer are the most popular with locals, though the Singaporean brand Anchor and the famed BeerLao from neighbouring Laos are also good options.

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Key phrases:

Hello > Sua s’dei

Goodbye > Lia hao-y

How are you? > Sok sabai?

Sorry > Sohm toh

Yes > Baat (man) – Jaa (woman)

No > Ot-tay

Thank you Awkun

No problem > Ot benh ha

Left > Schweng

Right > Saddam

Straight on > Dow tron

Go back > Dow veng