Also see What To Bring before you start packing.
As of January 2007 it is now possible to apply for the
Cambodian tourist visa online.
As soon as your visa appointment has been confirmed, it's time to make your travel plans. The best place to start is with an experienced travel agency. These are agencies that adoptive parents have had good experiences with:
Four Corners of the World
Hidden Treasure Tours
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These have been
frequented by adoptive families and found to be very good.
Supermarkets/Department Stores - These stores are geared toward foreigners. They have imported western food and products, as well as some clothing, baby products (walkers, strollers, etc), and other items.
Traditional Markets - Make sure you go to at least one traditional market while in Phnom Penh. You can find all sorts of goods at the markets, from food and clothing to jewelry and silk.
Central Market (Psah Thmei)
Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)
Old Market (Psah Chas)
Cambodian Handicrafts - These specialty stores are great places to pick up souvenirs and gifts. Many also give back to the community by employing local artisans, widows and others in need.
NCDP (National Center for Disabled Persons) - silk and fabric items, Battambang pottery.
Address: #3 Norodom
Rajana - t-shirts, jewelry, handicrafts
*also charcoal drawings of Cambodian children by local artist Chan Borey.
Bring in a photograph of your Cambodian child and within a few days you will
have a beautiful portrait for only about $30!!
Tabitha Cambodia - silk and fabric, baby gifts, needlework, handicrafts. *choose from a variety of baby quilts which can be personalized with your child's name (in English and/or Khmer) for $10 - allow at least one day for personalization.
Address: #239, Street 51, Corner of 360 (New Address as of 9/04)
The Royal Palace - Includes the Royal Residence, Silver Pagoda and a life sized model of a traditional Khmer home.
The National Museum - Contains a collection of Angkorian as well as pre- and post- Angkorian artifacts.
Wat Phnom - Features a shrine on top of a hill (open to visitors), caged birds, monkeys and Sam Bo the elephant who gives rides around the park.
Tuol Sleng Museum - located near junction of Streets 113 and 350. A former high school which was turned into a prison, torture and interrogation center by the Khmer Rouge.
The Killing Fields - 15 km. south of Phnom Penh. A memorial stupa has been built which houses 8000 skulls of the victims of the Khmer Rouge. The surrounding area is still littered with bones from the many mass graves.
Sihanoukville - 232 km SE of Phnom Penh. Beaches, coral islands for snorkeling and diving and sometimes windsurfing. See The Sihanoukville Visitors Guide for more details and information about transportation and hotels.
Siem Riep/ Angkor Wat - Best access is by plane. Travel arrangements can be made at your hotel or a local travel agency. Angkor Temple complexes built by successive kings from the 9th to the 14th centuries. Most popular and accessible temple complexes are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and the Bayon. See The Siem Reap Visitors Guide for more details and information.
For a more in-depth guide to Phnom Penh, go to
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