Things to do in Phnom Penh
The palace was constructed in 1866 along "traditional" lines—with elegant spires, golden roofs, and eaves held up by mythical figures—that were favored at the time by French administrators.
Vann Molyvann’s National Theater is a masterpiece of this era—an airy gem in concrete and brick. It caught fire, alas, in 1994, but there has been no effort to rebuild, and developers are poised to tear it down.
Don't miss the dazzling array of Khmer relics housed in this Phnom Penh museum.
This Phnom Penh store and its other location, Angkor Making Shoes, in Siem Reap, will design custom sandals from a picture or copy ones you love, for $12 and up.
At the Russian Market you can buy almost anything, from 12th-century ceramics (if you’re very lucky) to a bowl of noodles with chiles and frog’s legs. You'll find mountains of silk and cotton krama; stall No. 810-811 has stylish clutches and wallets made from Vietnamese rice bags.
One of the architectural sights of the city, Central Market has a beautiful 1935 Art Deco dome in what’s known as "colonial yellow," vaguely modeled after one of the temples near Angkor Wat.