- Choeung Ek Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Museum)
The Choeung Ek Killing Fields is located approx. 40km outside of Phnom Penh and takes over an hour to get to by tuk tuk. Admission tickets are $3USD/ $4AU and you can rent an audio guide for $3USD/ $4AU as well. Unless you have a tour guide with you, you will need to purchase the audio guide. In fact, the ticket office will automatically sell you the combination ticket unless you ask otherwise. There are hardly any signs throughout the fields; mainly numbers that match the audio guide. The audio guide itself was an honest and unembellished portrayal of the fields.
The Tuol Sieng Genocide Museum (or sometimes called S-21) is back in the city centre of Phnom Penh and admission was $3USD/$4AU. You can also purchase a map for $1USD/ $1.30AU but we found it unnecessary. The museum is a visual experience and, as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.
Both of these sights are generally seen on the same day. We went to the Killings Fields first, and then to S-21, but we can see how doing it in the opposite direction can work as well.
TOP TIP: A couple of years ago, someone (we are not sure who) started a tradition by placing a simple woven bracelet on one of the pillars at the Killing Fields as a sign of respect. The tradition has continued and all visitors now place bracelets as a small gesture. We recommend you take a bracelet with you, to keep the tradition alive.
- Central Market
The Central Market is located in the centre of Phnom Penh and is great for clothes (especially sports clothes), shoes, fabrics, souvenirs, beauty products, jewellery, fresh foods and much more. The centre of the market is a domed building with aisles coming off in every direction. The market is broken up into sections, and maps are available
- Russian Market
The larger of the two markets, the Russian market (Psar Tuol Tom Pong) is located about 30 mins by tuk tuk from the centre of Phnom Penh. Like the central market, you can find clothing (good knock-off products), shoes, homewares, pictures and prints, tech and phone products, souvenirs, stationary, car parts (including tyres), arts and crafts and heaps more. You name it, you will find it here.
The market is split into sections with a food court of sorts in the centre (maps are available). Other foods can be found on the outside by small street vendors, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Haggling is part of the culture in Cambodia, so have some fun and play along. Just remember to be fair with your pricing tactics!