Traveling to Cambodia is indeed incomplete without visiting its capital – Phnom Penh. As one of the popular tourist destinations in the country, it may also err on the expensive side. However, this does not mean that you have to save much money before the trip. Thankfully, there are a number of fun activities in Phnom Penh with no cost. Music, culture, workshops, art, exercise, architecture, eating and drinking, networking, etc., the list continues going on for those on a tight budget. Let’s experience the activities with Cambodia Local Travel Agency that even don’t cost you any dollar!
#1: See Chroy Changvar Bridge
To observe a capital city on a whole, there is no place greater than a serene bridge. Also called the Japanese-Cambodian Friendship Cambridge across Tonle Sap River, ChroyChangvar Bridge is quite easily accessible by walking within 15 minutes from Wat Phnom. Built in 1966 and then rebuilt in 1995 after its big destruction after the war, the bridge is considered ideal to have a panoramic glance at life along both sides of the river. Especially, the proximity of the ChroyChangvar and Royal University of Fine Arts also allows tourists to enter the university and learn more about the country’s traditional art. The entrance is free of charge.
#2: Get Lost In Sisowath Quay
Experience the peaceful escape and let yourself roam down to Sisowath Quay after sunset –the new backpacker haven in Phnom Penh. Running along the bank of the Tonle Sap River, this busy strip is imposingly lined with many nice cafes and bars, indie shops, modern restaurants, and old colonial buildings. Of course, the bustling and lively vibe of the area never generates a single boring second. Not only a perfect spot to take a promenade, the Quay is also where tourists can enjoy fresh air blown from the river, have breakfast in town, as well as take a close look at local handicrafts and silk samples sold along the Street 178 (the Art Street).
#3: Visit French Colonial Architecture
Spending time wandering around the city also gives you a chance to see a number of impressive and spectacular buildings from the French colonial periods. Undoubtedly, this fun activity in Phnom Penh absolutely costs nothing. Hence, admiring these magnificent buildings from the outside helps you grasp more about the city’s deep history and take lots of marvelous pictures. Two prominent examples include Cambodia Post Office and French Institute Of Cambodia.
#4: Discover Phsar Thom Thmei Market
The lively markets are always free to go around. Such places offer nice opportunities for both shopaholics and sightseers. In Phnom Penh, one of the most famous and frequented markets is Phsar Thom Thmei, or also known as Central Market, where travelers may roam through the hustle and bustle and watch a vast array of merchandise. Constructed in 1939, the market leaves you a strong impression not only by its breathtaking architecture, but also a wide selection of items, like arts, handicrafts, accessories, clothing, and fresh products. Surprisingly, prices there are very reasonable.If going shopping is not your main aim, then Phsar Thom Thmei is also ideal to discover the local architecture and culture.
#5: Spread Your Eyes Over Independence Monument
Located at the convenient intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the city’s center, Independence Monument always catches special attention from both locals and foreigners. The spectacular structure was built in 1958 and inaugurated in 1962 with the aim of celebrating and commemorating Cambodia’s independence from France. It is generally at its most gorgeous in the late afternoon when the shadows outstandingly highlight the complexity of the design, as well as especially appealing at night when the monument is beautifully illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights – the major colors of the national flag.
All in all, don’t forget to mix and match the cost-free fun and no-cost activitieswith other paid attractions in Phnom Penh to make the most of your vacation.
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