Phnom Penh might not be a mega city with thousands of skyscrapers like Hong Kong or Shanghai, yet it’s still a city with a lot of character. And the view from above is still fantastic, so I’d like to share the best spots for an overview of Cambodia’s capital.
If you’ve ever been to Phnom Phen you most likely visited the Central Market Phsar Thom They. It’s a famous art Deco landmark in the middle of the city built by a French architect around 1935. A few years ago now, the market underwent a major renovation and now gleams with new shine.
Opposite the market is a rather … lets just say unimpressing high rise building (for Phnom Phen standards) which houses some quite unstylish shops. If you take the escalator to the top floor, you’ll find a Chinese restaurant with a huge terrace. There you have a fantastic view over the city. Especially if you have a zoom lens, you can take great pictures from the life down in the streets. Whether it’s spying on people on their balconies and rooftops or watching the vendors at the market stalls … So take the time for an unique and rare overview of this city.
We got another nice view down to Phnom Phen’s hustle and bustle at the “Good Luck Hotel” on Monivong Boulevard. We just arrived back from out motorbike trip through Cambodia and returned the bikes at the nearby rental shop “Lucky Motors”. When checking in, we didn’t expect anything special – we were totally exhausted and ready to crash in our room but then the sign “Rooftop Pool” in the escalator made us curious …
The pool was really great; really cold water, which was totally refreshing and the view was stunning from up there. We spent hours watching the traffic go by, which included several nearly misses on that busy traffic corner. So if you ever come to Phnom Phen, the “Good Luck Hotel” is a great budget choice (25 -30 US $ per night) with spacious rooms and a nice pool.